Paul Hervey-Brookes creates a Perennial garden for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Gardening World Cup Best in Show winner and RHS Gold Medal winning garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes, has received approval from the Royal Horticultural Society this week for his large scale Perennial Legacy Garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July 2015.

Designed to reflect elements of a large English country estate, the Perennial Legacy Garden features long herbaceous borders, a pavilion for relaxing and enjoying the garden and a separate walled working garden with gardener’s bothy and nursery beds. The design demonstrates the important relationship that estate gardens have with their gardeners – those who work tirelessly to plant, train and maintain them – and the charity’s foundations, which lie firmly in the great country gardens and estates of Great Britain. It also serves to highlight the unique role Perennial continues to play in helping all horticulturists in times of need.

Paul says, “I am thrilled that my design has been accepted. This will be the first time I have created a garden at RHS Tatton Park and it’s an honour to be associated with Perennial for the show. Over the past couple of years I have become more aware of the incredible work Perennial does to help horticulturists, and that work has informed and guided my design.”

The RHS has called the design “strong and appealing” and Perennial agrees.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing & Development at Perennial, says, “We are a strong, unique charity that has been, quite literally, born from the estates and country houses of Great Britain. This garden reflects that tradition of support; Paul has taken our brief and created for Perennial a celebration of tradition and a garden that is as inspirational today as it would have been in the 19th Century.”

The planting palette is a rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary herbaceous perennials, taking its inspiration from long mixed borders such as those at Arley Hall and Upton House. As well as reflecting the past, the garden looks to the future as the charity intends to launch its new Legacy Fundraising Plans at the event.

Anita Bates continues, “It’s not just horticulturists that support Perennial. We have a long history of help from garden-loving members of the public, many of whom have chosen to leave us a gift in their will to help continue our work. We are breathing new life into our legacy strategy and what better place to launch it than on this wonderful garden at one of the leading flower shows in the UK.”

Paul has been hugely supportive of Perennial’s work in recent years and everyone at Perennial is excited and proud to be associated with his first show garden at Tatton Park. It is the only show garden Perennial is staging this year and the only show garden Paul is exhibiting in the UK.

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park runs from 22 – 26 July 2015. For more information visit

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Paul Hervey-Brookes is a well-respected designer who has built a strong reputation for landscapes and gardens that are classically English relying on planting schemes to create spaces and rich, multi-layered habitats. His plant-focused philosophy is rooted in his early training at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and subsequent garden experiences.

Paul has been described by his peers as arty, creative and possessing immense plant knowledge. His ability to read landscapes and evoke intense feelings and emotions has won him acclaim across the board. He works on a diverse range of public landscapes and private gardens both in the United Kingdom and Internationally.

He has created a number of show gardens including four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where he won Gold with the BrandAlley Garden in 2013 along with creating gardens for Bradstone in 2010 and the RNIB in 2011, winning a Silver and Silver-Gilt Medal respectively.

Paul has also created show gardens on the international stage, most recently returning to the Gardening World Cup Japan to win Best in Show in 2014. He has exhibited at the Ellerslie Flower Show in New Zealand in 2014 and will be at Philadelphia Flower Show and the inaugural Lyon Salon this year. Paul won Gold and Best Destination Garden for his Discover Jordan Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2012. The garden was based on his personal experiences of this unique and richly diverse landscape.

Alongside designing gardens Paul has designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencer, designed to increase biodiversity and habitat potential within the garden these were included in many ‘top 10’ shortlists in newspapers and magazines. Paul has also launched a range of gardening and garden design solutions with the UK’s leading paving manufacture Bradstone including free-to- download design content.

Paul is a dynamic public speaker and lectures widely on plants and gardens. He is a RHS Trials Judge working on Thalitcrum, Penstemon and Stipa trials. He is mentor to the designers taking part in the RHS Young Designer of the Year Competition that culminates at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.