The People’s Choice

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Gardening Talent -

As the name sug­gests, this award is for the gar­den with the great­est numbers of votes given by the pub­lic. Vot­ing is online, and doesn’t start un­til all of the main gar­dens have been shown on the BBC. Gar­dens with en­er­getic me­dia teams savvy at us­ing so­cial me­dia may well have an ad­van­tage, but it’s the ones with a strong back story that tend to win it. More than 57,000 people voted in 2015 when the Sen­te­bale gar­den de­signed by Matt Keight­ley was the win­ner. It was a boost for the chil­dren’s char­ity but also for the de­signer. “As de­sign­ers we only ever get the chance to re­ceive feed­back from a select few – in­di­vid­ual clients, and even less of­ten our peers and a judg­ing panel – so to re­ceive an award that stems from the feed­back of thou­sands of people is a fan­tas­tic feel­ing,” says Matt.

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