UK: Mike Lote’s ‘it doesn’t have to cost the Earth’ wins gold at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024

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What a thrilling start to the show season, with Mike Lote securing an RHS Gold medal for his debut show garden ‘It doesn’t have to cost the Earth’ at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Designed and built by Mike, the garden incorporated lessons learned from Mike’s client base as a landscaper working with customers in new build properties.

Mike used innovative methods during construction to cause minimal disruption to the earth along with reclaimed, recycled and recyclable materials throughout the garden including the base. His planting scheme aimed to and was successful at bringing pollinators into the garden.

Hardy’s Plants started working with Mike and Nadine Charlton, Home Spring Gardens, in September 2023 in order to grow the plant material to show standard for May 2024.

It’s been a great year for Mike so far, winning an Association of Professional Landscapers Award and the Matthew Bradley Memorial Cup and now his first RHS Gold medal.

Producing a garden to this standard is an incredible achievement, and more so as Mike had no sponsor. Much of the garden was gifted or loaned by supporters, with friends and colleagues helping with the build and planting.

While some products and plants will be returned to those who loaned them, the majority of the garden will be relocated and repurposed as a new educational hub at Woodoaks Farm which is owned by the Soil Association Land Trust.

The plants supplied by Hardy’s Plants were: Alchemilla sericata ‘Gold Strike’; Angelica archangelica; Anthriscus sylvestris (Ravenswing); Aquilegia ‘Hensol Harebell’; Astrantia ‘Burgundy Manor’; Centaurea montana Purple; Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevor’s Felley Find’; Corydalis purple form; Digitalis ‘Grandiflora’; Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’; Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’; Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’; Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’; Maianthemum stellatum; Phlox divaricata ‘Chattahoochee’; Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’; Semiaquilegia ecalcarata; Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’; Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’; Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’; Zizia aurea

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