C & W Berry and the Southport Flower Show

Published:  18 August, 2017

C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden.

The entire garden appears to be set in a vast expanse of seemingly bottomless water. Minimal planting, brutalist structure, and subtle lighting, the garden is both intriguing and fascinating.

Visitors can be transported into another world through apertures on the large black cube, revealing delicately neutral woodland planting in a room of mirrors. Japanese Forest Grass, Anemone, Astrantia, Ostrich Fern and Himalayan Birch form part of the extensive plant library.

Entitled Kuro is ‘black’ Japanese and this garden connotes Japanese culture through the dominant use of shou sugi ban timber; an ancient technique of preserving wood by scorching the surface before coating it in natural oils to reveal the grain.

Andy Kirman, Garden designer said: “This Garden was a brave statement, but it has paid off in the end. Sometimes a split of opinion is a good thing as it creates conversation”

The show garden aims to inspire visitors and introduce them to the vast possibilities of Berry’s products. The Garden features porcelain paving from Global Stone, bespoke fencing from Denbigh Timber, Aggregate from Long Rake Spar, and lighting from Ansell. Behind the scenes, the tools and equipment were also provided by C & W Berry.

The garden has been a huge success, taking in the large haul of Large Gold Medal, Best Large Garden, The Pontins Trophy for Best Outside Garden, Southport Corporation Trophy for Best Large Garden and The Brian Aughton Memorial award for Best Use of Plants. The judges were Charlie Dimmock, John Craven and Matthew Wilson.

Last year C & W Berry scooped an incredible five awards including Best in Show with their highly contemporary Mediterranean family garden.

C & W Berry warmly welcome you to Southport Flower Show to view Kuro, open 10am – 6pm Thursday to Saturday and until 5pm on Sunday 20th August.

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