Harpenden garden based on prison wins gold award
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 July 2019
A Harpenden garden designer has won a gold award for her exhibit at BBC Gardeners’ World Live last week.
Hana Leonard's design, called 'Here we go round the mulberry bush', was based on the traditional nursery rhyme. She said she wanted to give people a peaceful space to relax.
The rhyme originates from HMP Wakefield, where female inmates used to sing to their babies while walking around a mulberry tree, low enough to be mistaken for a bush.
This inspired the designer, who used to work at HMP The Mount teaching gardening.
Traditional planting and contemporary materials were used in an attempt to show people that beautiful gardens can be created in small spaces on a budget, Hana said.
She added: "Visitors commented on how peaceful and relaxing the garden was."
Built by Armstrong Landscapes, Hana is now open to offers for the garden from local schools or nurseries.
If you are interested in the garden, contact Hana at www.secretsofthegarden.co uk