Published: 08 May 2013
Tony Woods
Following the news of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2013 shortlist we profile another of the candidates, Tony Woods.
Tony Woods is a man on a mission to get people interested and involved in their own gardens.
He is the founder of the Garden Club London, based in London SW9. At his landscape company, clients and potential clients can meet to discuss their plans and be involved with the creative design of their own plots.
This enthusiasm, knowledge and experience in garden design have won Tony his place as one of the three finalists in the RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year competition. His garden will be on display at the Tatton Park show in July 2013.

The Garden

The objective for his 7m x 9m show garden is to create a practical space for a city location that will have its own individual identity while providing the clients with somewhere to escape into and separate from the house. Tony is keen that the garden users will be able to walk through and see something new during the changing seasons.

There will be areas to provide privacy with plenty of different seating options in both the sun and shade; tall Birch trees will be used to provide the light shade in summer. Other planting areas will include a kitchen garden within metal troughs plus borders planted with dry shade tolerant species. The mixed planting scheme around the garden will provide interest all year round with many different colours, shapes and forms of plants. The plants will offer good contrasts to the hardscape materials being used in the design.
The hard landscape components will provide Tony and his work team a challenge when building them on the show site. These include a ‘dry’ stone wall that divides the garden into different compartments plus a line of vertical concrete plinths which will form a screen on one boundary. The horizontal timber screen on the end boundary will provide a great backdrop to the features and planting in the main garden.
The different areas within this show garden will create small micro-climates that are intended as habitats and feeding points to encourage wildlife into this city garden.

Recycled Materials

Tony Woods with his garden design for the Tatton Park Show 2013
The large amount of hardscape materials within the garden may not appear to be environmentally friendly, however Tony Woods commented that “Being Eco friendly is not a compromise, the majority of the materials we will use are recycled, only a very little is not”. 
To see Tony Wood’s show garden come along to the RHS Tatton Park Show in July or visit his website:


Reported by Chris Allen  

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