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BEST IN SHOW Made in Birmingham Feature Garden designed by Paul Stone

BEST IN SHOW Made in Birmingham Feature Garden designed by Paul Stone

Platinum Award

For the first time at any garden show, Paul Stone's incredible feature garden showcases a vintage steam engine and Pullman railway carriage - all within the scenic garden setting of a wildflower embankment, station cottage garden with prize allotment, and more.

Celebrating the industrial heritage of the West Midlands, this show-stopping garden will represent Birmingham at the heart of the national railway network. The Pullman Dining Carriage, named ‘Eagle’, is part of the beautifully restored fleet at Vintage Trains, coming to The NEC from their Tyseley works. 

Recognising Birmingham’s contribution to agriculture and horticulture throughout the Black Country, the scene features a typical railway embankment allotment plot packed with the finest produce together with a stunning cut flower garden alongside the station platform. All flowers will be grown by volunteers from the MIND group in Knowle supported by Flowers from the Farm.

A field of barley surrounds the station signal box with hops growing along the railway siding fences to acknowledge Birmingham’s beer brewing industry from microbreweries to major brewers such as Davenports, and visitors will be able to view memorabilia from Davenports brewing past.

“We want to celebrate the vigor and energy of the Birmingham powerhouse from the past to the current day” says Paul.

(Design subject to change)

On the allotment

On the allotment

Rob Smith, gardening expert and heritage seed enthusiast, is growing  a range of plants for the allotment in the Made in Birmingham feature garden. Look out for the new and exclusive Sugar Plum Raisin tomato, Meatball aubergine, Orange Kiss and Cupid sweet peppers, Mini Star cucumber, Scarvita red Chinese cabbage and various other varieties. 

The Nostalgia Garden, 2017

The Nostalgia Garden, 2017

Visitors to the 2017 Show, or viewers of the Show on the BBC Two programme, will recall Paul's Nostalgia Garden , a vintage 1960s setting including original mini and recreation of an early garden centre.
The Canal Garden, 2016

The Canal Garden, 2016

In 2016 Paul Stone debuted at BBC Gardeners' World Live with his incredible Canal Garden, complete with floating Narrow Boat, bubbling waterway, and even a pair of traditional lock gates.

Sponsors: 

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With thanks to:

Marshalls

Marshalls

Marshalls are proud to be sponsoring the Show Gardens and Young Landscapers Award by supplying landscaping products to help bring the garden designs to life.
Rolawn

Rolawn

Our designers and contractors are all able to benefit from sponsor Rolawn's award-winning Medallion Turf and their safe, consistent, fertile growing media.
More from Vintage Trains

More from Vintage Trains

Vintage Trains Logo, providing the Steam Train and Pullman Dining Carriage for Paul Stone's Made in Birmingham feature garden 2018If you like the look of the trains that form part of the Made in Birmingham feature garden, Vintage Trains run the Shakespeare Express from 1 July to 16 September 2018. Read more >

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