10/06/10

the SAC Strutt & Parker Sustainable Highland Garden

award winning garden design

We're absolutely delighted that Jason's garden design students won a silver medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show for their courtyard garden design.

And, to top it off, their garden was also awarded a gold medal a week later at Gardening Scotland.

the sustainable Highland garden

The students embarked on a tremendous amount of research into sustainability and biodiversity as they came up with a design which captured low impact, eco-conscious living in contemporary Scotland.

the SAC Strutt and Parker Chelsea Show Garden

The garden is centred around a cross section of a contemporary Highland croft.

Made of straw bales and lime render the croft has a green roof, solar panels and a wind turbine.

The wind turbine is connected to a series of yew and willow panels. As the wind picks up the turbine ingeniously closes the screens to protect and shelter the garden.

Beyond the screens we catch a glimpse of the surrounding landscape with a small burn and a misty perspex panel decorated with stylised native trees.

The garden is planted entirely with native Scottish plants with a working vegetable garden, beehive and wildlife friendly rill.

contemporary Scottish garden design

The garden stands out for its restrained, tasteful, fresh use of simple, traditional materials.

The slate path is echoed in the slate edging on the rill, in the drainage basket on the green roof as well as in the facing edge of the garden.

The sturdy yew that makes up the dynamic screens is repeated in the rustic boardwalk over the burn.

The resulting effect is a calm, peaceful, sophisticated garden which brings together traditional materials and contemporary technology and styling.

And it's certainly a credit to the hard work and dedication of all the garden design students.