The planting is inspired by nature’s re-colonisation of Stoke-on-Trent, reconnecting the city to nature and a cleaner and greener future. As visitors entered the garden, white-dominated, with Birch, Amelanchier, grasses, ferns and flowering perennials, create a naturalised woodland feel which gradually transforms to a more formal style with ornamental plants and fabulous roses delivering the simplicity and beauty of a future-proofed urban garden environment. Edible landscapes are blossoming in the city and the garden included plants such as wild strawberry to reflect this productive theme.
The garden was awarded a prestigious RHS Silver-Gilt Flora Medal and was very popular with the public. The BBC coverage stated that ‘the show garden delivered a blast of creative energy, employing clean lines and precision design, melding natural growth with a technological dynamism that sent a strong message that the city is resurgent and powering ahead.’ The garden conveyed Stoke-on-Trent’s energy as a dynamic and creative place of opportunity for all.