Garden designer wins at first appearance at Chelsea Flower Show

Duncan Cargill, right, with co-designer Colm Joseph. Pictures: supplied by Claire Johnson

Duncan Cargill, right, with co-designer Colm Joseph. Pictures: supplied by Claire Johnson - Credit: Archant

A first-time designer at the Chelsea Flower Show won a silver gilt medal for his garden.

The finished exhibit. Pictures: supplied by Claire Johnson

The finished exhibit. Pictures: supplied by Claire Johnson - Credit: Archant

Duncan Cargill, who grew up in the Cromer area, co-designed the Perennial Lifeline Garden, which picked up the award.

The design was inspired by Sir Roy Strong's The Laskett Gardens in Herefordshire and was staged as a walk-through exhibit in the Great Pavilion.

Mr Cargill said: "It has been a brilliant experience working with Perennial and the access they gave us to the best people in the industry made creating the garden a wonderful experience."

A relative newcomer to garden design, after a 20-year career as a creative director in the advertising industry, Mr Cargill decided to follow his heart and retrain at the London College of Garden Design. He received the Society of Garden Designers' 2019 Award for his graduate project, and now runs a successful garden design practice with business partner Tom Sykes.


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