13th June 2006




A group of green-fingered students from the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus are taking part in this year’s ‘BBC Gardeners’ World Live’ exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.


The group of 14 Horticulture students have been helping to plant up one of the 40 show gardens on display at the event which is on from 14th – 18th June.


The Labyrinth Garden is designed by landscape designer John Cavill who runs a gardening business called ‘Simply Gardening’ in Barton on Humber.


With 1500 plants, shrubs and trees, 60 tonnes of top soil, 30 tonnes of gravel and 60 tonnes of bark, constructing the garden hasn’t been a walk in the park.


John said: “Representing life’s spiritual journey the Labyrinth, in the form of the traditional three-ring shape, is the theme for this huge garden. The plot size is 30x33m and will be the largest garden ever built at the show. It’s taken more than four weeks to build, lasts one week then is dismantled again!


“A variety of evergreen shrubs have been used in the outer planting, under-planted with grasses and a mixture of annuals and perennials.  The inner borders are planted with swathes of different ornamental grasses, lavender and perennials. The centre pavilion area features tall white climbers, bamboos and lavender mixed with perennials.


“Show gardens to me are a wonderful display of inspirational designs that always push the limits of what can be achieved with lots of imagination.”


Neil Rowbottom, who teaches Horticulture at the Riseholme campus, said: “The students are studying for a variety of qualifications including the Garden Design Advanced National Certificate and the National Diploma in Horticulture. This is a one-off opportunity and to be involved in a project of such magnitude is such a good experience for them.”


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