NEWS & MEDIA
4th August 2015
LIGHT CATCHER SHOW GARDEN WINS GOLD & BEST LIGHT GARDEN AWARD
Sharon's competition winning show garden design is awarded Gold and is selected as the Best Year of Light Garden by the RHS judges at this year's RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
One RHS judge commented: “What an exciting and compelling interpretation of a complex concept with gorgeous planting juxtaposed with a dramatic backdrop.”
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19th February 2015
RHS YEAR OF LIGHT GARDEN DESIGN COMPETITION WINNER
Sharon is very honoured to announce that a design scheme for a conceptual garden celebrating the international Year of Light has been selected by the RHS panel team to be created at this year's Flower Show at Tatton Park. For more details and to see the current contributors list click here.
SHARON WINS ANOTHER RHS SILVER GILT MEDAL!
At this year's BBC Gardener's World Live event Sharon's Metamorphosis garden Sketch & Reality scooped a Silver Gilt award.
8th April 2013
SHARON HOCKENHULL WINS RHS METAMORPHOSIS GARDEN DESIGN COMPETITION
Sharon Hockenhull has been selected by multi-award winning garden designer Cleve West and experts from the RHS to build a show garden at this year's BBC Gardener's World live.
Lucinda Costello, Head of Shows Development for RHS says... “We’ve uncovered some really great talent this year. It’s a very exciting process to pick out four amazingly talented designers and watch their designs come to life under the tutelage of the great Cleve West.”
The theme of the garden, 'Metamorphosis - a design journey', and a set list of materials to be used to build the garden was put together by Cleve West to challenge designers' creativity within a restrictive brief. Sharon's interpretation called 'Sketch to Reality' focuses on juxtaposing two stages of the design process, the first sketchy ideas of a design to the final fully-formed and landscaped garden.
Cleve West said “It was a very tough decision to make, the quality of the competition entries were very high. The four winning designs really stood out for their innovative use of the materials, depth in design and clever use of space in a relatively small 6x6m garden. The beauty of these four designs is that whilst they all use the same materials the outcome of each one has something completely different to offer."
Alongside the other three winners, Sharon will be visiting the Chelsea Flower Show during build up with a personal tour by Cleve and will also receive an expert mentoring session during the BBC Gardener's World Live build up from him.
The gardens will be 6x6m in size and will receive approximately £6,000 worth of materials plus an additional £3,000 of funding towards plants and other associated costs.
Sharon Hockenhull says "I feel incredibly honoured to have been chosen as a winner. The opportunity to build a show garden under the guidance of Cleve West, a multi RHS Gold winning designer is the best professional development opportunity I could wish for."
"Planning and refining details of the design is now in full swing. A collaboration with local community artist Joy Ladds from Ramsbottom Incredible Edible is also taking shape in working on techniques to create the main sculptural feature of the garden."
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5th April 2013
In a recent article published in the Telegraph Sharon Hockenhull gets a mention as Antonio Carluccio shares his world with journalist Georgia Dehn 'Inside Antonio Carluccio's world: whittling sticks and eating out'.
1st August 2012
Sharon Hockenhull is featured in the August 2012 edition of the Garden Design Journal. Journalist Zia Allaway approached Sharon after visiting her Embrace garden for St Ann's Hospice at the 2011 RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire. Zia has written a wonderful piece on designing gardens for hospices, the article features four gardens including designs by Dan Pearson, Chris Parsons of Hallam Garden Design, Sharon Hockenhull and Dr Christine Facer Hoffman.
17th June 2012
Sharon Hockenhull is invited on a press tour of the Olympic parkland and gardens on behalf of the online magazine for city gardeners www.cityplanter.co.uk.
The Olympic Park: a gold medal for British landscape design and horticulture
After four years of development, the Olympic Park is about to open its gates, not just to the British public, but to the whole world. While the Beijing Olympics aimed to dazzle with a display of technological brilliance, London 2012 will have a more natural sort of beauty at its heart. With sustainability a key theme, the park offers a vision for how we can live in the heart of the city but still with nature at our door.