World Gardening Cup roundup

Thought I’d catch you up on the results from the Gardening World Cup in Japan. A blogger for The Guardian (UK) newspaper reckons it’s a tougher proposition than Chelsea – however, the two New Zealand designers there this year, Bayley LuuTomes (Home Garden) and Xanthe White (Show Garden), both won silver medals.



Read about Bayley, who will be at Ellerslie next year, and his garden here.

Leon Kluge of South Africa won Gold in the Home Garden section – see photos of his garden here.

Best in Show (and Gold in Show Garden) went to a duo from Singapore, John Tan and Raymond Toh – see photos of that garden here (text is in Japanese).

Leon has also written about the whole experience and the nice relationships that develop between designers. Read that pieces (with lots of photos) here.

Gardening World Cup

No sooner do I mention the Gardening World Cup (in a Sunday Digest) than Auckland landscape designer Xanthe White goes and wins the Best Design award at this year’s event in Japan which had the theme Gardens for World Peace.

Read all about it, and see some pictures, here or at the official website. Xanthe has used plants from Aotearoa and included a green wall.

Other results: Best In Show – Lim in Chong (Malaysia); Peace and Flowers Award – James Basson (France); Gold Medal – Lim in Chong, James Basson, Xanthe White, Kazuyuki Ishihara (Japan), Hiroshi Terashita (Japan); Silver Medal – Jo Thompson (France), Gabino Carballo (Spain), Karen Stefonick (USA), David Davidson and Leon Kluge (South Africa); Bronze Medal – Richard Miers (England), Jihae Hwang (South Korea), Haruko Seki (Japan).



Sunday Digest

Some Sunday reading for your education and entertainment … please feel free to leave a comment.

An informative article by Kiwi writer Jude Gillies on nutrients and their use in the garden.

Some of the winning images from this year’s RHS Photographic Competition. The wildlife photos are fantastic! And as for the delphinium garden …

Did you know there’s something called the Gardening World Cup? Me neither, till I chanced on this article. It’s held in Nagasaki, Japan in the grounds of a copy of a famous Dutch castle and garden. Jim Fogarty of Australia, who is coming to head up the judging panel at next year’s Ellerslie, won the event in 2011. This link takes you to the GWC home page.

Speaking of things I didn’t know … meet the Corn Palace of Mitchell, South Dakota in the US which is decorated each year with  naturally coloured corn cobs, grains and native grasses to make it “the agricultural show-place of the world”.

“Ear by ear the corn is nailed to the Corn Palace to create a scene. The decorating process usually starts in late May … The corn murals are stripped at the end of August and the new ones are completed by the first of October,” the website says.

The first Corn Palace was built in 1892 with the present building dating from 1921. “The Corn Palace is known around the world as a folk-art wonder on the prairie of South Dakota,” the website says, while this short YouTube video gives an idea of how it’s done.

And don’t miss Gardeners’ World, 9.20pm on Choice TV (Freeview, Ch 12). On  November 16 we were taken on a tour of the 12-acre garden that surrounds Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador in Regent’s Park, London. It’s the largest private garden in London after… Buckingham Palace! The head gardener, Stephen Crisp, is basically given free rein so they must be happy with him. He’s met five US presidents and the residence hosts some 7000 visitors a year. Here are the best photos I could find (disregard the last one). The one labelled “Four Seasons Garden” was referred to as “The Green Garden” on the TV show.

Enjoy your Sunday!