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Perennial’s The Laskett – An Autobiographical Garden

Designer: David Wyndham Lewis

Sponsor: Perennial

Built By: John Tallis, Outdoor Living Gardens

Medal Award: Silver-Gilt

People’s Choice Award

Who is this garden for? 
Visitors of a public garden.

Where is the garden set? 
A south-facing garden in the UK

Who or what is the design inspiration?

The loving partnership of Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE and Sir Roy Strong CH, who created The Laskett garden

The garden demonstrates the range in diversity of woodland planting at this time of year. The design draws the eye down a central path toward the focal feature, the iconic Victoria and Albert Temple, of The Laskett Garden, which sits nestled beneath a trio of birch trees.

Where will the garden go after the Festival?
The garden will be relocated to The Laskett, Much Birch, Herefordshire.

Plant List (subject to change)
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Key Plants
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Further Detail

The design represents the essence of the Laskett Garden in Spring, incorporating authentic elements from The Laskett Garden like architectural features and abundant spring primulas.

Formal design elements, including obelisks and standard topiary, are juxtaposed with beds of herbaceous and bulb planting, showcasing how formal spaces can harmonious coexistence with lush and interesting diverse planting.

The garden showcases the diverse woodland planting characteristic of this season, leading the eye along a central path to the iconic Victoria and Albert Temple nestled beneath a trio of birch trees, a key feature of the Laskett Garden.


  • All finishing materials are reused and will be reused.
  • The planting is being sourced peat free.
  • 85% of the building materials will be reclaimed or recycled.

About the Designer

David Wyndham Lewis

David’s deep passion lies in crafting stunning and sustainable outdoor spaces, often drawing inspiration from the garden’s history and the stories of past and present owners.

David has designed artisan gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, earning Silver and Bronze medals in 1999 and 2014, respectively.

David says: “My garden design style has evolved through being fortunate to work on several prestigious gardens with their own history. I love to create new takes on old ideas and don’t believe a great new design can be created without an awareness of history, environment, good horticulture and plants.

“I love all garden shows, the intensity and passion you see is something beyond compare. However, the regional shows are where you get to talk to the visitors who really know their horticulture. In the case of the RHS Malvern Show, the opportunity to talk to gardeners in the west of England.

“Designing a garden for a show allows me to demonstrate an idea, expanding the way we can all think about a garden, no matter how modern or traditional can be imagined.”



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