Show Gardens

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018


Our third Gold Award winning show garden, inspired by the biblical garden of Eden as a model of a perfect eco-system dependent on human good management.

Yorkshire Garden Designs collaborated with 

Aquascapes & Landscaping and stone mason Johnny Clasper and to create an extravaganza of sculptural stone work, water and naturalistic planting.

Stone was donated by CED Natural Stone for the garden's permanent reconstruction at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough.

Henshaws contributed the 'Tree of Life' and 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil' sculptures


"And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is theTigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates."


George's Garden,
Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2016


Inspired by the designer's son George, this is a sensory garden for children with special needs. It impressed the judges, winning our second Gold Award. The garden was designed with a view to being reconstructed at Nidderdale Children's Resource Centre where George enjoys short break respite care.


The aim is to encourage interaction, learning, physical excercise and an enjoyment of the outside world in a safe and accessible environment. There are elements to stimulate all the senses; sight (colourful flowers), touch (textured foliage), taste (fruit, veg and herbs), smell (scented foliage and flowers) and sound (swishy foliage and wind chimes). Salt dough mosaic sculptures made with young people at Nidderdale Children's Resource Centre denote the different zones - nose/mouth, hand/eye, ear.


Raised planting beds are a practical height for wheelchais. Wide paths in Ebony Cobbles and Maple Sandstone from Natural Paving give contrasting textural stimulation for wheelchair users and the blind.


The waterfall shelter was adapted from a smoking shelter by Aquascapes. It is a multi sensory feature where children can watch water flowing over their heads, listen to it splashing and dabble in it with their hands.


Construction by Yorkshire GroundForce.




Black & Green,
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2015


This was our first show garden and the aim was to demonstrate how a stunning design can be practical and achievable in a small front garden (only 4x5m).


The garden won a Gold Award and featured in the Natural Paving brochure 2016.


Midnight Blue, a smooth black limestone from Natural Paving contrasts with luxurious green artificial grass from Trulawn. Warm red hued planting compliments the red front door, including Heuchera, Lobelia, crocosmia and Chrysanthemums with a topiary spiral conifer echoing the bold curvy design.


Construction by Yorkshire GroundForce.




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