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The Eco Oasis Show Garden

Inspired by this year's theme; “The Good Life” The garden aims to combine eco-friendly elements with aesthetic appeal, and mindful living. Organic abundance is represented by vibrant, lush planting, this garden invites attendees to experience the beauty of a balanced and environmentally conscious outdoor space. Exploring the integration of simple water conservation, and efforts to enhance natural ecosystems, the Eco Oasis Garden is designed to be maintained with organic gardening principles that empower individuals to cultivate their own “good life.”

Designer: Dan Hartley Garden Design

Landscaper: Tisserand English Gardens

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A Residential Garden For People and Nature

The garden, adjoining a residential property, features a long water trough for rainwater collection, with a rill for controlled release. Pavers are strategically spaced to allow water permeation into the ground. The garden benefits from moist, well-drained loam soil, ideal for plant growth. By introducing hedges, trees and perennials to sustain wildlife, while log piles create habitats for invertebrates and fungi, encouraging a thriving ecosystem in a compact urban space.

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Introducing The Rain Garden

A rain garden is designed to manage water runoff by using plants that can thrive in both wet and dry conditions for short periods. This area is prepared to be reasonably free-draining, allowing it to absorb excess water during heavy rainfall. Rain gardens have been used for over 30 years as an alternative to soakaways, creating attractive, wildlife-friendly environments in gardens, parks, and even along roadsides. They help manage water sustainably, reducing the amount directed into rivers and promoting groundwater recharge which in turn reduces the risk of flooding.

In the Eco Oasis Show Garden, the water from the property roof is collected in the long trough, and when it is full it is released into the centre of the rain garden, rather than into the drainage system.

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Hedge Eco Systems

Hedge ecosystems offer aesthetic and ecological benefits. These hedgerows, can be made up of a mix of native shrubs and trees, or individual species for a more formal look, create natural borders and privacy screens while enhancing garden biodiversity. They provide habitats for pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects, which help control pests and promote plant health. Garden hedges also improve microclimates by reducing wind and providing shade. Their dense foliage and root mass aids in soil stabilisation and moisture retention, making them invaluable for sustainable gardening practices.

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More Planting!

Increasing planting in your garden significantly boosts biodiversity, which is crucial for revitalising the UK's depleted natural habitats. By incorporating a variety of native plants, you create a rich tapestry of habitats that support a wide array of wildlife, from pollinators like bees and butterflies to birds and beneficial insects. This diversity not only helps restore ecological balance but also enhances the resilience of your garden against pests and diseases.

 

A well-planted garden with lush greenery and vibrant colours can create a soothing environment, while the presence of wildlife adds a dynamic, engaging element to your outdoor space. The gentle rustle of ornamental grasses, the fragrance of flowers, and the sight of insects flying about all contribute to a sense of peace and relaxation. By investing in diverse planting, you're not only creating a healthier ecosystem but also making an inviting space for yourself and your family to enjoy.

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Every Garden Deserves A Tree

Every garden needs at least one tree! Not only do trees look fantastic, adding height and structure to your space, but they also bring a touch of nature right to your doorstep. They mark the season with vibrant coloured leaves in autumn, spring blossoms, and the occasional bird or squirrel making a visit to eat berries or nuts. Trees create ecosystems, supporting birds, insects, and other wildlife, which helps boost biodiversity in your garden. Plus, they can be used to provide shade on hot days and a cool spot to relax under. Planting a tree is an easy way to make your garden more beautiful and eco-friendly. They key is doing your research to ensure you choose the right size tree for your space. Always check the eventual height of a tree before buying!

Invertebrates & Fungi

Invertebrates and fungi play crucial roles in maintaining a healthy and thriving garden ecosystem. The best way to encourage them is to include log piles in your garden, as this type of habitat is becoming increasingly rare as we fell and remove trees rather than leaving them to decompose. Invertebrates, like bees, butterflies, and beetles, are essential pollinators that help your plants reproduce and flourish. They also act as natural pest controllers, keeping harmful insects in check. Meanwhile, fungi work behind the scenes, breaking down organic matter and enriching the soil with nutrients, which promotes healthier plant growth. Fungi also form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, enhancing their ability to absorb water and nutrients. By encouraging invertebrates and fungi in your garden, you're encouraging a vibrant, self-sustaining environment that benefits both your plants and the wider ecosystem.

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Plant List

Alchemilla mollis

Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge'

Osmunda regalis

Eupatorium cannabinum 'Plenum'

Geranium 'Brookside'

Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

Geum rivale 'Mai Tai'

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Origanum vulg. 'Compactum'

Persicaria aff. 'Superba'

Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

Verbena bon. 'Lollipop'

Veronicastrum virg. 'Fascination'

Grass - Calamagrostis acut. 'Karl Foerster'

Grass - Deschampsia cesp. 'Goldtau'

Grass - Hakonechloa macra

Climber - Trachelospermum jasminoides

Tree - Betula utilis Jacquemontii multi-stem

Our Sponsors

We have been been very fortunate to have had the support from 4 amazing sponsors who have all donated money to help us bring the garden to life:

London Stone

GR8 Tool Hire

Carpenters Mate

Protiler

Their contributions have been invaluable in making our vision a reality and we cant thank them enough!

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Our Suppliers

Weather-it - Corten Troughs and Rill

London Stone - Sidewalk Pavers

Readyheadge - Carpinus betulus hedge

Nuvo Outdoor Living - Merano Arm Chairs

Stoneworld - Charcoal Slate 20mm

Viridis Plants - Perennials and trees

Top quality materials from great suppliers!

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