Many of the designers and landscapers at the RHS flower shows use Bulldog spades, forks, shovels and other cultivation tools to help them turn their horticultural ‘dream gardens’ into medal winning reality.
Over the last year we have tried to support some of those professional gardeners with tool sponsorship for their show gardens at Chelsea, Hampton Court and later this month at Tatton Park.
Back in early May many of you will have seen and read that we helped Matt Keightley and his team to build the ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden for Prince Harrys’ charity, Sentebale. Matt used a range of our Bulldog Premier tools to help build the spectacular Lesotho landscape that won an RHS Silver Gilt Medal as well as the coveted ‘People’s Choice’ award. This was the second year in a row that Matt had won this prestigious award as he also won it in 2014 for his Help for Heroes garden. You can find out more about Matt Keightley Design at his website: www.rosebank.co.uk – his private work is just as good as his show gardens!
Earlier this month we also worked with the 1815 Hougoumont Kitchen Farm garden designed by Steve Mann for Project Hougoumont which was inspired by the bicentenary of the outbreak of the Battle of Waterloo and represents Hougoumont Farm. The farm was very important to the war effort as it was located on the front line and the kitchen garden grew vegetables and herbs for the fighting soldiers. As you can see from the photograph the garden also featured some ‘living props’ who really seemed to enjoy using their old and new Bulldog tools! If you want more information, or are interested in supporting Project Hougoumont, please visit their website at: www.projecthougoumont.com
We will also be attending the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park this year which runs from 22nd to 26th July in Cheshire. Sharing a stand (GR59) with our friends at the charity Perennial known as the Gardener’s Royal Benevolent Society we will also be sponsoring the building of their show garden with complimentary Bulldog tools. The Perennial Legacy Garden has been designed by Gardening World Cup 2014 Best in Show Winner Paul Hervey-Brookes and will be built by G K Wilson Landscapes. Designed to reflect elements of the large English country estates whose owners established the charity, The Perennial Legacy Garden features long herbaceous borders, a pavilion for relaxing and enjoying the garden and a separate walled working garden with gardener’s bothy and nursery beds. The design aims to demonstrate the importance of the relationship between the hardworking gardeners who build and maintain these historic landscapes and the great country gardens and estates that founded Perennial. To learn more about Perennial’s fundraising, please visit: www.perennial.org.uk
Everyone at Bulldog Tools considers it an enormous privilege to make our small contribution to help these horticultural masterpieces take shape and we hope to be involved for many years to come.
Hopefully you have managed to attend one of these special gardens or are maybe planning to visit us at Tatton Park – we’d love to see you there!