Warnes McGarr Cheshire Tatton gold award

Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101
RHS Tatton Flower Show

July, 2017

This year’s Cheshire RHS Tatton Show garden brought home three medals for Warnes McGarr & Co – the coveted gold medal, Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden.

Known simply as 2101, the garden imagined what our British residential gardens would look like in the year 2101, when global warming has caused temperature rises of around 7c.

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Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101

Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101

  • Complete: July, 2017

  • Project Size: 100 sq m

  • Project Value: £90,000

This year’s Cheshire RHS Tatton Show garden brought home three medals for Warnes McGarr & Co – the coveted gold medal, Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden.

Known simply as 2101, the garden imagined what our British residential gardens would look like in the year 2101, when global warming has caused temperature rises of around 7c.

With native species long gone and large specimen cacti and tropical planting thriving, this design resembles the landscape of Southern California or Mexico.

With a ‘Mad Max’ appeal to the garden, it certainly created a talking point at the show and impressed the judges, as well as the BBC Gardeners’ World presenters.

The 2101 garden was sponsored by Cactus Direct, who provided the 60cm wide Echinocactus grusonii and the 150cm tall Polaskia chichipe.

The structural elements of the garden – the conical relaxing area, the spherical shaded area and the battered-edge sandstone table and benches – were all designed by Robert Warnes. Casa Ceramica supplied the large format, single piece porcelain tiles, which formed a stepped path.

A split-level design was included to act as a ‘rain garden’ that manages increased rainwater run off within the garden. This collects water in the permeable higher areas, and distributes it into lower, densely planted areas that soak up excess moisture, alleviating flood risks.

The garden included a range of planting that can cope with extreme heat on the higher level, and plants that can deal with extremes of water and drought on the lower level.

We apply these concepts in our garden deisgns today to manage excess rainwater and periods of drought while alleviating flood risks in the future.

Within the garden, trees that are flourishing in the warmer climate include: Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine); Alnus glutinosa (Common elder) and Betula nigra (River birch).

Tropical trees and large plants that are growing and thriving in 2101 include: Yucca filifera; Yucca rostrata; Yucca glorisoa; Trithrinax campestris; Nannorrhops richinana and Butia odorata. In addition to this, drought-resistant meadow planting provides colour and texture.

With thanks to: Cactus Direct, Casa Ceramics, Rectory Garden Plants, The Tropical Plant Company, Brooks Brothers and Bo Concept.

Warnes McGarr APL shortlist garden hard landscaping category

Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester
APL awards 2017 nomination

March 2016

This garden project has been shortlisted for the APL awards 2017 in the hard landscaping category. Our client hired us to create one of our signature ultra-contemporary outdoor living spaces. The couple, from Wigan, had just had a new extension to their house built, so wanted their garden to look as good as the inside.

Bulb planting of bright orange Tulipa Ballerina and delicate Narcissus Thalia were also added for early spring colour. To add height to the planting scheme, we planted a number of Acer campestre, otherwise known as field maple, because they won’t grow too tall for the garden. The trees were uplit with an LED remote lighting system, so our client can enjoy the garden view through the window in the winter and during the evenings.

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Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester

Contemporary garden in Greater Manchester

  • Complete: March 2016

  • Project Size: 110m2

  • Project Value: £28,000

This garden project was highly commended at the APL awards 2017 in the hard landscaping category. Our client hired us to create one of our signature ultra-contemporary outdoor living spaces. The couple, from Wigan, had just had a new extension to their house built, so wanted their garden to look as good as the inside.

We chose to use a combination of hard landscaping materials to create a very cutting edge look. By using both composite decking and high quality porcelain, we were able to divide off different eating and socialising areas, making the garden seem larger than it was.

The contemporary planting scheme, included both textural planting and a range of edible but low maintenance vegetable plants and fruit bushes. In keeping with our company ethos of always thinking of biodiversity, we also included plenty of planting that would provide food and shelter for birds and insects.

The planting scheme included alliums, raspberry canes, cut-and-come-again salad crops, rosemary and thyme. This was complemented with large number of native grass Luzula nivea, Verbena bonariensis and Fennel in the raised beds. We also built a bespoke living wall to house nesting birds, as well as being a framework for raspberry canes.

Bulb planting of bright orange Tulipa Ballerina and delicate Narcissus Thalia were also added for early spring colour. To add height to the planting scheme, we planted a number of Acer campestre, otherwise known as field maple, because they won’t grow too tall for the garden. The trees were uplit with an LED remote lighting system, so our client can enjoy the garden view through the window in the winter and during the evenings.

 

 

From Hall To Home
RHS Tatton Flower Show

July 2016

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

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From Hall To Home

From Hall To Home

  • Complete: July 2016

  • Project Size: 100m2

  • Project Value: £45,000

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

The design won a silver award within the Evolution Gardens, and designer Michael was interviewed by TV presenter Rachel De Thame for the BBC 2 programme about the RHS Flower Show.

The design features a classical bust of Capability Brown himself, along with a Palladian-inspired arbour – painted matt back for a contemporary look. Old-style brick paving harks back to the classical era, while corten steel water bowls brings the garden back to contemporary times, in recognition of Capability Brown’s affiliation with water features.

The soft perennial meadow planting was set against a more formal line of clipped Buxus Semperviren and pleached trees. In the middle of the garden is a fire/ ice table, champagne cooler and firepit  which is a nod to Michael’s signature garden design, as a usable living and dining space.

Eat and Shelter
BBC Gardeners’ World Live

June 2016

The Eat and Shelter garden was awarded a gold medal, as well as Best Construction, by the judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the Birmingham NEC in June 2016.

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Eat and Shelter

Eat and Shelter

  • Complete: June 2016

  • Project Size: 42m2

  • Project Value: £35,000

This show garden encapsulates Michael McGarr’s signature design look, which combines stunning textural planting with usable living spaces for eating and dining. With a fire/ ice table and top-of-the-range Alfa wood-burning pizza oven, this is a garden designed with family gatherings on a warm summer evening in mind.

The contemporary planting combines grasses, tall flowering plants and edible planting for a very modern textured look. The corten steel pergola gives a sculptural shape to the garden, and clearly defines an eating and cooking area.

However, nature is never forgotten, even in a show garden design, and hedgehog passes were cut into the fencing, and bug hotels dotted around to ensure wildlife can thrive.