Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 12:00

For the second year running a garden designed by Eden Project horticulture apprentices has scooped the top prize at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show.

The team of young gardeners learned this morning that they have won a Large Gold Medal and retained the prestigious Banham Cup for  Best Show Garden.  

The show takes places today (Saturday April 7) and tomorrow, Sunday, at Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel, and the apprentices are on hand to talk about the garden.

Their Hansel and Gretel garden features a gingerbread house covered in moss, succulents, edible tulips and a cauldron-shaped decorative swing.
It has been created by first-year apprentices Meg Lowman, Debs Ryan and Will Swann and second-year apprentice Hope Browne under the guidance of Eden horticulturists Emma Gunn and Riyah Snow, herself a former Eden apprentice.

Eden’s chief executive Gordon Seabright said today:  “Hats off to our brilliant horticulture apprentices and to Emma and Riyah for creating a garden of great verve and charm.  Boconnoc is a prestigious show setting such high standards so to land the top prize two years running is an amazing achievement.” 

The fully-accessible Hansel and Gretel garden has been created as a children’s garden to give the sense of storytelling, play and interaction. There are safe plants to stimulate the senses and playful representations of tasty treats.

Emma explained: “The garden is set as if within a woodland clearing and has the witch’s gingerbread house with a living roof, speckled with succulents to represent tasty sweets. Our garden is a treat for everyone to enjoy.”

Described as the Chelsea of the South West, the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show is the region’s first major  show of the horticultural year, drawing more than 6,000 garden enthusiasts over its two days. Eden is a regular exhibitor at the event. It is  also known as one of the most friendly and inclusive shows and as such attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.

Last year’s winning Eden entry was called Go Against the Tide and was designed to evoke the abundant underwater life of estuaries.

Eden’s award-winning apprenticeship programme is run in collaboration with Cornwall College and employs around 25 apprentices at any one time.