Ascot Spring Flower Show was held from 13 – 15 April, and the APL Garden titled ‘What Lies Beneath’ was designed as an educational piece of landscaping. Public at the show were invited to walk onto the garden in which there were exposed sections of hard landscaping/decking and artificial grass that revealed the construction methods used and the layers needed to achieve a solid well-built finish. Though initially asking if the glass panels had lights underneath, or even some more imaginative ideas such as a wine cellar, the public had a great response to the educational element of the garden and also loved being able to walk onto and explore a show garden.

You can see the garden for yourself and find out more about the education elements with a video  from Pippa Greenwood and Phil Tremayne on the garden at the show. See the video yourself at

A big thank you to all of the companies involved in the garden, designed by Claudia De Yong and built by Simply Green Landscapes, and to Artform Landscapes for their help with the breakdown. Many thanks as well to our sponsors London Stone, Creepers Nurseries, Easigrass, Posh Shed Company, Burgon and Ball and Garden Trading. 

APL members Landform also built a garden at the show designed by Catherine Macdonald. Kate wanted the garden to show the variety of useable functions a garden can have, which included a dining area and a relaxed seating area and firepit.

Ascot Spring Garden Show was also the home of this years ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition, pioneered by David Domoney. The Best in Show Trophy was taken home by Capel Manor College, and the Peoples Choice Award was won by the home of the APL Apprenticeship, Myerscough College. The students that built the agrden also included previous APL WorldSkills competitors.


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