22nd November 2017


Ascot Racecourse has today unveiled six show garden designs that will be on display at its inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show, 13th to 15th April 2018.

A high-quality boutique event showcasing Britain’s finest established and emerging horticultural talent, Ascot has created the Ascot Spring Garden Show – the south east of England’s first garden show of this scale in 2018 – with the gardening enthusiast in mind.

The six show gardens have been curated by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, winner of the ‘Best in Show Summer Garden’ at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, and designed and built by up-and-coming garden designers whose designs are based broadly on a ‘Town and Country’ theme. 

The designers showcasing their gardens at the show are Catherine Macdonald, Landform Consultants; Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens; Joe Perkins, Longview Design; Pip Probert, Outer Spaces; Richard Holmes and Florian Degroise; and Tom Hill, Tom Hill Garden Design. 

The all-new Ascot Spring Garden Show has been planned and designed by Stephen Bennett, former Shows Director at the Royal Horticultural Society where he was responsible for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the launch of all other major RHS shows during his tenure.

Award-winning garden designer Kate Gould commented on the event and the show garden she has created saying: ‘’The Ascot Spring Garden Show is a wonderful chance to demonstrate how interesting and appealing gardens can be, even at a quiet time of year. The use of architectural and evergreen planting will be showcased allowing visitors to see how inviting and textural a simple green scheme can be combined with the use of furniture and features.”

Forming part of the historic Crown Estate, Ascot is also working closely with The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens at Windsor Great Park to create horticultural content and gardening advice. 

The launch of the show has been welcomed by quality horticultural exhibitors as well as leading manufacturers and suppliers of the best garden equipment, greenhouses, tools and machinery – as well as exhibitors of sculpture and stylish garden ornaments.

Alastair Warwick, Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse, commented at the launch: “We’re known the world over for our horse racing, but we recognise there is space in our annual calendar for non-racing occasions that allow us to fully utilise the iconic venue for other events that fit comfortably with Ascot’s brand values. Ascot is a year-round venue with excellent facilities, from award-winning food to its location that is easily accessible by road and rail, so the show will appeal to a wide range of our existing customers and those in the south-east and London area looking to get ahead with their gardening in 2018.”

Early bird tickets are just £16 per person, available until 31st January 2018. For further information and to buy tickets for the Ascot Spring Garden Show click here.