We are hoping to create another Show Garden for the Gurkha Welfare Trust in July 2019.
Being somewhat ambitious, I'd like this one to be three times larger than the 2018 garden, with not one, but two water features.
I've chosen water as a theme in order to raise awareness of the life-changing water and sanitation projects the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) undertakes in Nepal.
By bringing clean running water to remote villages, women and girls no longer need to spend hours every day visiting standpipes or streams, but are free to be educated or employed. Having fresh water in every village literally changes the lives of its inhabitants.
The show garden will have a fresh water stream running down the 'hill' and through the westerly side of the garden, while on the other side there will be a working tap stand, similar to the ones installed by GWT in Nepal.
The scale model below shows the two water features, with trees, shrubs and perennials, and an area for crops on the left (wheat, potatoes and maize, as one finds in Nepalese villages).
The moodboard below shows some images which have inspired the garden, together with some plant portraits.
As per 2018, all planting will originate from the Himalayan region.
Below an elevation sketch of the proposed garden.
All we need now is between £10,000 and £12,000 in sponsorship - which I realise is a very tall order for a one-day show in north Norfolk!
If you feel you could support the vital Water & Sanitation programme of the Gurkha Welfare Trust by sponsoring or part-sponsoring this show garden, please let me know.
In the meantime, Happy Christmas to you all!