Faith in garden pays off with silver gilt at Harrogate Flower Show

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First-time show entrant Faith Douglas has scooped a ‘Silver Gilt’ award at the Harrogate Flower Show with her garden design.

Faith’s garden, titled ‘Healthy Roots: A garden to support’, was constructed by Morton Interiors and Landscapes.

The garden, sponsored by Braithwaite’s Garden Centre of Leeming Bar and MKM building supplies of Ripon, was designed to show the relationship between nature, health and the wellbeing of people.

“I feel that as human beings we have forgotten that the roots of our health and wellbeing come from nature,” said Faith, from Northallerton. “Most of our medicine can be traced back to the natural world and is readily available in the form of plants that we see every day.

“When designing the garden, I wanted to remind people of this.

“I see firsthand with my work with Help for Heroes, Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick the huge therapeutic benefits of just ‘being’ in a natural environment.”

Faith, who is also the Curator at Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale, assisted Matthew Wilson in constructing Welcome to Yorkshire’s garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show which went on to win the BBC’s People’s Choice Award.

“Working alongside Matthew at Chelsea was a huge confidence boost and he really inspired me to have a go at a show garden myself.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the silver gilt medal and I am very much looking forward to doing it again.”