A wildlife-friendly garden design has gone on show in Suffolk … and is already drawing in crowds of pollinators.
Food for Thought by Martlesham-based designer Lisa Calver was originally destined to appear at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show.
With Covid-19 causing repeated disruption to the event, Calver decided to set up her winning design of bee-friendly planting in her home county, where the public will be able to view it for free throughout the summer.
Fragrance plays a large part, with aromatic lavenders, thymes and Monarda (bee balm) growing alongside Roses and Lobularia (sweet alyssum).
Other planting includes Astrantia, Digitalis (foxglove), Erigeron (Mexican fleabane), Geranium, Orlaya (laceflower), Scabiosa, Stachys and Verbena.
Wildlife gets further help from the bespoke wooden globe, which has been designed as a haven for insects, including ladybirds, bees and butterflies.
The 2020 BBC Gardeners’ World Live show was set to be a high-profile breakthrough for Lisa and her business, Aspect Garden Solutions.
Her design was awarded a place at the Birmingham NEC show through the Gardeners’ World Magazine Beautiful Borders competition.
In February 2020 she heard her entry had been successful and immediately began working with local nurserywoman Susie Davis of Katie’s Garden Plant Centre to prepare the plants for her entry.
And then, in late March, lockdown struck.
Along with organisers, Lisa had hoped the show could go ahead in June of this year. But when it was pushed back again, to late August, she felt she had little choice but to pull out, as the design leans heavily on perennials that are in their first, fresh flushes of colour and growth in early summer.
Rather than redesigning or waiting yet another year, Lisa instead arranged for the garden to go on show to the public at her Suffolk growers’ nursery.