John adds to medals with his ‘birth-to-death’ display
A VETERAN exhibitor at the flower show has won another medal for his garden design.
Macclesfield designer Jon Tilley won a silver-gilt award for his creation entitled ‘Life is a Garden Path’.
The garden is a white concrete path imprinted with baby-sized footprints that gradually get bigger as the path progresses.
Seven different smaller gardens lie within the main one, each representing a different period of someone’s life – birth, childhood, teenage years, marriage and children, money and finance, retirement, and death.
Its features include a baby’s pram and a bubbling pool of hormones. The garden ends with a hidden walkway, suggesting that no-one knows where our journey leads after we die.
Jon, who lives on Pinfold Street in the town centre, said: “It is one of the gardens I am most
‘It is one of the gardens I am most proud of’
proud of in my six years at the show, as well as the first one I did which was called Punk’s Not Dead and was about my relationship with my dad.
“It’s been extremely difficult building it, as we have tried a lot of new things and we were building the garden right up to ten minutes before the judges came around, which might have been why we didn’t get the gold unfortunately.
“But it’s not about medals or awards.
“I’m not really designing gardens as much any more but I just love the show and creating things, it’s all about the creative process and then seeing people’s reactions to my designs.
“It’s quite a moving garden so we have had people getting a bit teary after they see it, and I’ve seen some of the older visitors being consoled by their children.”
Jon, who works with his wife Carolyn, worked on the garden with Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, and it has been made in support of East Cheshire Hospice.
The 50-year-old, who has now moved into developing and designing properties rather than gardens, added: “It’s funny because they contacted me after the garden was designed but it fits quite well, as it’s about life and death.
“It sits alongside what Peaks and Plains do as well – they look after people throughout every stage of their lives and that’s what the garden is all about.
“We have been nominated for architectural awards for our home in Macclesfield and we possibly might be developing the old Massie Dyeworks building which is on Loney Street.
“It is an exciting time.”