Perennial wins Best in Show at Gardening Scotland 2014

Perennial has been awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Show at Gardening Scotland for its show garden designed by husband and wife team Amber Goudy and Martin Crowley. The garden represents a shattered life being healed by Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping horticulturists.


Photo: Amber Goudy is awarded Best in Show by Show Manager Jim Jermyn at Gardening Scotland 2014

The garden helps mark Perennial’s 175th anniversary, as part of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of the valuable work the charity does in supporting everyone working in or retired from horticulture during times of crisis. It follows a Best in Show win for Perennial at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and a Silver Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

For Amber and Martin, who come from near Oban, the garden was inspired by personal experience. When Martin suffered a serious illness and could not work, his family landscaping business almost went under and the help he then received from Perennial was an absolute lifeline.

Amber commented: “We are overjoyed to receive this award and we couldn’t be happier with the finished garden. As we have a special link with Perennial, designing this garden has meant a lot to us and we want to help make sure all horticulturists know that Perennial is there for them to turn to if ever they are in need.”

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial, said: “We are delighted that the garden has been recognised with this award and we are particularly thrilled for Amber and Martin who, along with their whole family, worked so hard to make this beautiful garden come together. We hope visitors will enjoy it and that it will help tell the story about what Perennial does.”

Inspired by the arum lily that forms Perennial’s logo, the garden features two giant steel arum lilies made from recycled steel. The garden depicts the journey from hardship, represented by dramatic architectural planting, jagged slate and rusted metal, through to a more tranquil place with softer planting, healing water and smooth materials.

As well being chosen by the judges from twelve show gardens for the top accolade, the Perennial Garden was one of the winners of the show’s inaugural Artisan Garden Design Competition, which provided £2,000 to help fund the creation of the garden.

Gardening Scotland runs from 30 May to 1 June at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh. For full show information, visit:

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About Perennial:

Perennial celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2014 and has set a target to raise £175,000 to go toward helping horticulturists in need. Established in 1839, The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund or Perennial as it is now known, helps everyone working in and retired from horticulture, including landscapers, gardeners, garden designers, green keepers, tree surgeons, groundsmen, seed and turf growers, those involved in intensive production horticulture, parks and gardens staff and many more, and their families during times of crisis. The charity provides a range of support to people experiencing hardship whether that is through debt, illness, disability or old age. In the current economic climate this help is needed more than it ever was; in 2013, Perennial helped over 1,200 people, over 85% of whom were still of working age.

Perennial relies on the generosity of the horticulture trade and the garden-loving public to continue to support horticulturists in need. Perennial is calling on everyone who cares about looking after the people that care for our green spaces to get involved by raising £175 for 175 this year. To find out more about the work of Perennial and ways to get involved with fundraising during 2014, please visit, email or call one of the team on 0800 093 8510.

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