Some Awards That We Have Picked Up
To create a show exhibit or show garden is a tremendous challenge for a small team but we have had great successes along the way!
To list all the garden show awards that we have picked up would take too long so here are some of the highlights.
We don’t really enter industry awards since they tend to be dominated by the big guys.
But we have picked up a few awards from competitions that we had not even entered!
These are National Runner-Up Awards for the Best Garden Care Team and the Best Diamond Jubilee Displays.
Our Diamond Jubilee displays caught the attention of judges of the Greatest Jubilee Awards!
We won a Silver Medal and were given it by two double Olympic Medallists – Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter- and got to wear their Beijing Gold and London Silver medals too!
This category was dominated by very large garden centres throughout the country, some with dedicated teams of specialists merchandisers and shop dressers, so it was good to beat the big guys!
In early 2017 we were a finalist in the Horticulture Week magazine’s Garden Retail awards.
This was for community engagement.
Chelsea Flower Show 2000
RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the biggy [both in the UK and in the World].
It makes little business sense for us, a regional business, to get involved in an International Garden Show.
However, in the year 2000 we were asked to source or grow most of the plants for one of the big show gardens.
This was a ‘Zen Inspired’ landscape garden.
To rack up the pressure even more we had the regional TV company film a ‘fly on the wall’ type programme about our efforts and those of the main entrant Spidergarden.com.
A Silver Guilt award was the result and that is only a few points off the coveted RHS Gold Medal.
Both Felicity and Alan had substantial previous experience of growing and showing at Chelsea before coming to Cleeve.
Malvern Spring Flower Show 2005
As a part of her Diploma of Garden Design qualification Felicity, with a team of other students, created a RHS Silver Guilt Medal Winning Garden at Malvern Spring Flower Show in 2005.
The garden, That Friday Feeling, was a contemporary design and filled with plants grown by us at Cleeve Nursery.
Edible Bus Stop Show Garden Gold Medal
Gold Medal Edible Bus Stop Show Garden
Edible Bus Stop goes West!
This exciting community project enables communities to reclaim waste land around bus stops and grow food on it!
Originally a guerilla gardening project, this campaign aims to change the world, one bus stop at a time!
The garden was built at early September’s Gardening Show at the Bath and West Show Ground, using plants grown by us and won a Gold Medal. Toby Buckland dropped by and loved the idea!
Acclaimed by many as the star of the show, the garden will soon be moved to the bus stop at Bear Flats in Bath
Surplus veg and fruit plants [not needed in the show garden] have been given to Muckypups Nunney First School to encourage young gardeners there to grow their own food.
Due to delays and red tape difficulties in Bath the veggie plants from the Gold Medal winning display have been donated by us to the For All Healthy Living Company at the Bournville Estate in Weston-super-Mare. These vegetables needed to be planted and eaten!
We still hope to find a suitable place to start up the very first Edible Bus Stop outside of London!
Bristol Flower Show
We won many Gold and Silver Medals for our show gardens and displays at Bristol Flower Show before it’s demise.
We also hosted several popular live Gardener’s Question Time events at the show.
Several of our Show Gardens were built for HTV and featured our popular Garden Calendar TV series.
The National Amateur Gardening Show
In its’ heyday, this was a very big show!
We created several very large landscape garden exhibits and won Gold Medals each time.
Added pressure came from creating these gardens with some assistance from HTV but then in presenting live TV broadcasts from the gardens for our popular Garden Calendar TV series