Garden Designer teams up with Shropshire Company

A Shropshire borders company is teaming up with an acclaimed Garden Designer to produce a show garden for a prestigious national garden competition in 2015.

The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry, met with Aidan Tagg, a Royal Horticultural Society double-bronze medal winner for his show garden designs, to collaborate on a project for next year’s BBC Gardener’s World event.

Mr Tagg, whose spectacular, award-winning “Artist’s Retreat” garden featuring a geodome which functioned both as a camera obscura by day and an observatory by night, contacted the Centre with a view to including its stunning metal flowers within his inspirational 2015 design plan.

Aidan Tagg Garden Desigtner & Kenny Anthonisz Spokesman for the Ironwork Centre

'Bipolar’, a concept garden inspired by a poem penned by the late comedian Spike Milligan, will feature two distinct and contrasting halves representing the whole experience of bipolar or ‘manic’ depression - of what it is like to experience great elation and furious energy on one hand, and the sheer downward spiral of despair on the other.  The Centre’s flowers will feature throughout the design and as the form of a beautiful centrepiece, tying the garden together as a whole.

President of mental health charity MIND, Stephen Fry, has already expressed great interest in the design which will assist in raising awareness and understanding of bipolar disorder.

Kenny Anthonisz Spokesman for the Ironwork Centre, said “It has been a pleasure to meet with Aidan and to have the opportunity to work with an artist of his calibre – the judges at BBC Gardener’s World are also those responsible for judging at Chelsea flower show, and bronze medals are earned only by those displaying an incredible level of horticultural design, imagination and skill.”

“We will be working closely with Aidan throughout the coming months and our talented craftspersons and blacksmiths will be lending their skills to the provision of metal sculptures to feature in his garden design.”

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