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VE Day Celebration Garden by Martyn Wilson


Garden Name: VE Day Celebration Garden

This special feature garden is open to the public and celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE Day which is being celebrated on the weekend of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The garden is a marriage of formal British and Dutch styles and has been inspired by the Airborne Invasion of Arnhem and the bravery and sacrifice of the troops who parachuted, but also of the people of the Netherlands. The garden will be a celebration of spring colour and bulbs, a poignant reference to the Honger Winter where the Dutch people survived starvation by eating Tulip bulbs. Martyn is collaborating with Dutch growers and suppliers including Royal Delft where magnificent porcelain vases will feature. A tulip entitled Liberation commissioned by the The Netherlands Embassy in London will also feature on the garden. Children of NATO corps stationed in nearby Gloucester will be invited for a symbolic planting of bulbs in the spirit of peace and reconciliation and looking to the future. Pleached trees and hedge frame the garden with a central pathway of Dutch style paviours passing four plinths mounted with Royal Delft Vases then crossing between to water features symbolic of the River Rhine and the canals of the Netherlands.

Designer: Martyn Wilson

Martyn Wilson (Wilson Associates Garden Design) is a multi award-winning garden designer. His awards include medals at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, RHS Malvern Spring Festival and BBC Gardeners’ World Live shows. He has designed and built award-winning show gardens to support a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal Air Force Charities, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Primrose Hospice (Bromsgrove) and UCARE. Martyn has previously served in the RAF including service in Germany and Sicily as part of NATO operations. Martyn’s Garden Design practice works with both domestic and commercial clients where commissions range from Georgian courtyard gardens, to suburban residential gardens to public spaces. Drawing on his environmental credentials, Martyn works in partnership with his clients to create spaces that are inspired by and work in harmony with the natural and built environment. Recent works include the design of gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and numerous domestic projects. Martyn is proud to be shortlisted listed as a finalist in the Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2020.

Contractor: Dan Ryan, Design It Landscape Solutions