Steel garden to shine at Sheffield show

Garden designer Phil Hirst and horticulture apprentices with a plan for the stainless steel garden
Garden designer Phil Hirst and horticulture apprentices with a plan for the stainless steel garden
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Sheffield’s stainless steel heritage will be shining bright at a prestigious flower show taking place next month.

A garden themed around 100 years of stainless steel – celebrating the centenary since it was discovered by Harry Brearley in Sheffield – has been created by Sheffield garden designer Phil Hirst.

It incorporates iconic features such as a steel wall based on the city’s ‘cheese grater’ car park and stainless steel arches, inspired by the curved roof of the Winter Gardens, which will stand over a water feature and flowers.

The garden will take centre stage at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park, Cheshire.

Afterwards, it is to be recreated in the grounds of a new retirement scheme in Stocksbridge as Sanctuary Group is sponsoring the garden, which is called A Stainless Century.

Phil said: “I wanted a thought-provoking design which reflected both the history and modernity of this material and I am delighted it will eventually be returning to Sheffield for everyone to enjoy.

“I am grateful to Sanctuary for sponsoring this show garden which commemorates 100 years of Sheffield’s industrial heritage.”

Horticulture apprentices from housing and care provider Sanctuary will assist in creating the garden both at the flower show and in Stocksbridge.

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary Group’s director of neighbourhoods, said: “Green spaces and attractive surroundings create a sense of wellbeing and this garden is particularly interesting as it is both evocative and inspirational.

“We are delighted our sponsorship will enable the garden to be recreated in Sheffield, allowing residents to enjoy its beauty, and what it represents, long into the future.”

Sanctuary sponsored the garden as many of its Sheffield residents have worked in the steel industry.

The garden was intended to ‘symbolise the important contribution’ they made to developing stainless steel.

The 14th RHS Flower Show takes place from Thursday to Sunday, July 25 to 28, and showcases a range of inspirational and visionary show gardens, alongside floral exhibits, competitions and arts.

It will also be televised.