In a hopeful note for the future, children took the big awards this year. In the Learning Outside the Classroom garden (winner of the Tudor Rose Award), children from more than 30 schools grew plants and made scarecrows for the fruit and veg areas, mobiles stuffed with nesting materials and a giant spider sculpture.
In the much smaller but equally inventive Learning to Look After Our World garden, (Best Small Garden) the children of Alton Infant School made mosaic stepping stones, used left over building materials for the path and filled wellington boots with flowers. It even includes live chickens, because they have them at the school.
The Full Frontal Garden provides a novel way of accommodating cars and having a garden at the same time. A fern pit covered by a grating, with no concrete in sight, gives cars a place in the front garden without loosing any planting space. The rest of this small garden includes drought-tolerant planting with many herbs.
Mangetout is an edible medicinal garden with climbing beans, peas and artichokes for structure and form, delicate fennel and stalks of chard. To end: The Fallen a conceptual garden created by new young designers. It is a cemetery of plants that are now extinct in Great Britain--there are Portland stone tombstones, each one with the name of an extinct species. The stones are surrounded by wildflower and meadow plantings. :: Royal Horticultural Society