Steel creation scoops a gold

Designer Phil Hirst, centre, pictured in his winning garden with apprentices Calum Ashton, left, and Luke Ward, right, who helped build it.
Designer Phil Hirst, centre, pictured in his winning garden with apprentices Calum Ashton, left, and Luke Ward, right, who helped build it.
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It wasn’t alchemy but sheer hard work which turned steel into gold...

Sheffield designer Phil Hirst is celebrating after his themed show garden, 100 Years Since the Discovery of Stainless Steel, was honoured at the Royal Horticultural Society Show.

The garden achieved a gold medal – and was also crowned overall ‘Best in Show’ in the Large Garden category at the event, the second biggest in the UK behind Chelsea.

Oughtibridge-based Phil, whose garden was sponsored by landlord Sanctuary, which manages city estates, said: “I am so happy and just can’t believe it.

“This was my first time exhibiting at an RHS show, to win two awards is remarkable.”

Phil’s garden A Stainless Century incorporated Sheffield features such as a trellis influenced by the city’s Cheesegrater car park, a steel pergola inspired by the roof of the Winter Garden and a water feature depicting the flow of molten metal pouring from a white hot crucible to form steel bars.

Chesterfield’s Derbyshire Bonsai was also honoured in the show, held at Tatton Park, scooping a gold award in the floral marquee.