Laver’s deck out garden for major national show

A Sheffield-based timber merchants are decking out a garden in style for a major national horticultural show.

Arnold Laver have donated more than 100 metres of decking to Sheffield garden designer Tracy Foster, who is showing off her garden at BBC Gardeners World Live on June 14-18.

Tracy has designed a garden called ‘Sea Hear!’ for the show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The garden has been designed for the charity National Talking Newspapers and Magazines and will be judged by experts from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Tracy said: “The theme of the garden is relaxation and I’ve designed it with holidays in mind. That’s when I feel most relaxed!

“The decking Arnold Laver donated looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s been stained and treated to make it look weather worn and it looks really beautiful.

“Arnold Laver were extremely helpful and were keen to help out straight away. My family and I are all from Sheffield so it seemed right to go to a local company with a reputation as good as Arnold Laver’s.

“I’ve been designing gardens for about four years now but I’ve never done a show like this before and I just thought it would be fun to give it a go.
“I hope my garden captures the essence of the coast which is to provide a haven of holiday contentment. The illusion of being at the seaside is created by the crunch of pebbles and shells and rough sandy boards beneath your feet.

“Coastal planting and the backdrop of sandcastle walls with a glimpse of the seaside and beyond, add to the effect which is designed to be the ideal place to relax for both sighted and visually impaired people.”

“It's also a real Yorkshire effort with Gardening Concepts from Leeds constructing the wall and deck, Julie Cope of North Yorks painted the painting and Penny Lodge who I went to school with in Sheffield helped plant the plants.”

Andrew Laver, Managing Director or Arnold Laver, said: “Tracy’s garden is a wonderful idea and we were more than happy to help out with the decking. I’d like to wish her the very best of luck and will be keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well for her at the show.”

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