Students strike gold at Malvern Autumn Show
STUDENTS Jake Poloni and Steve Mann have turned the industrial steel of an American Mid-West city into pure gold at the Malvern Autumn Show.
The University of Gloucestershire landscape architecture students have won an RHS gold medal and the coveted best in show for their Edible Garden promoting Rockford in Illinois.
It’s the first show garden that Jake, from Kemerton, and Steve, from Ruardean in the Forest of Dean, have built and they are delighted with their success at the show.
“It was unexpected,” said Steve.
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“We did something a bit different and it seems to have paid off,” added Jake.
Their design, based on a grid reflecting the layout of the city, features maize, field beans and oats rather than the carrots and cabbages more usually seen in the Edible Gardens, and sourcing the plants was the most challenging part.
“We couldn’t go to the garden centres for that kind of stuff,” said Steve. “It meant talking to farmers nicely.”
Rusty steel hints at the city’s industrial past and the iconic stadium known at The Big Orange Box, while a dark water feature, coloured with food dye, represents the river.
Rockford, about 80 miles from Chicago, is known for its forests and the pair included beech and a specimen elm, a tree that used to be common around the city.