As a Horticulture student, the opportunity to be involved in this project with the Institute of Quarrying and Paul Hervey-Brookes on the design of an RHS show garden is absolutely incredible. From the initial design stages to watching the project take shape, it’s amazing to be experiencing a first-hand look at how these projects evolve into the magnificent displays that inspired me to choose horticulture as a career path.
Last week, I took a trip with IQ and Paul Hervey-Brookes to Deepdale Trees in Bedfordshire for a tour of the plants that will be used in the Quarry Garden. Deepdale is a massive nursery, with a wide selection of semi mature trees, large contained trees and woody material. A playground for a horticulture student like me!
We were taken through the whole site, stopping at each plant that’s going to be used in the Quarry Garden to get more information on each one and how they will fit into the garden design. One of the interesting facts we learnt on the day is that all the trees are grown in containers made from recycled plastic bottles!
After spending months putting together design ideas mentally and on paper, it was amazing to physically see the different horticultural components of the garden and how they will bring together its design.