Johnsons’ plants help clinch gold award

Johnsons’ plants help clinch gold award

We are thrilled that the plants we donated helped clinch a gold award at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.

The display ‘Escape Your Mind’ was created by Lisa Norton from Harrogate Garden Design, as a tribute to the role nature plays in our mental wellbeing.

The design celebrates the role that nature has played in helping people of all ages cope with the challenges created by the pandemic. The past year has been an immensely difficult time for children, parents, grandparents, business owners and entire communities. It has touched us all on a global scale.

However, one thing that has remained consistent is nature and the benefits it can bring to our mental and physical wellbeing.

Harrogate Garden Design, working with Lowes Landscapes, set out to create ‘little bits of heaven on earth’. The garden was designed to calm the mind, using elements such as well-connected space, healthy plant life, freshwater, natural materials and patterns to create a place for contemplation.

The garden was created using biophilic design principles, that use natural landscape features to create a healthy built environment for people, satisfying our need for contact with the natural world.

Lisa Norton said “It was wonderful to be part the show after such a long time in lockdown. Visitors were delighted to be out enjoying nature together again, such a delight to see so many smiling faces”


After the show, the plants worth £300, were given to Harrogate and District Hospital. They included the colourful Magnolia Acuminata ‘Blue Opal’, Dahlia ‘Orange Sunshine’, Phlox ‘Clouds of Perfume’,Cortaderia ‘Pink Feather’ and Salix ‘Golden Sunshine’.

Cheerful Nemesia Sundae ‘Vanilla Ice’ and stunning Stipa Tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ were also donated, along with varieties of fern Polypodium vulgare, Dryopteris Filix-Mas and Blechnum spicant.

The display was completed by several Euphorbia amygdd. Robbiae, Pittosporum ten. ‘Tom Thumb’, Carex Pendula and Morrowii ‘Irish Green’. Chamomile plants Chamaemelum nobile ‘Treneague’ and box trees Buxus Sempervirens completed the display.

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Posted 28th Jun 1:23pm