South Pole garden achieves gold

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BARRY couple Nicky and Steven Burke were awarded a gold medal at the recent annual Gardening Scotland show at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

They took on the twin themes of global warming and the centenary of Captain Scott’s race to the South Pole and combined them in an award-winning garden.

The couple who run garden design company, Rococo Plants and Gardens, Dunvegan, Main Street, Barry, celebrated the 100th anniversary of Scott’s famous journey and raised awareness of the threat to the global ice cap from rising world temperatures.

Steven commented: “Half of the garden represented Antarctica and the other half was a warm and exotic planting scheme to illustrate the current problem of global warming and the associated melting of Antartica’s ice. We created this effect using plants and various artifacts to represent the different landscapes and an archway made to look like ice dividing the two areas.

“We borrowed ‘Captain Scott’ from Discovery Point, Dundee, to take his place in the garden and also created an atmospheric central water feature.”

Nicky told the Guide & Gazette: “We were delighted to be awarded a gold medal and received lots of positive feedback. Last year’s show garden was completed while I was pregnant and this year we had our little gardening apprentice - our daughter Lauren - helping us.

“She even managed to get on BBC’s Beechgrove Garden show with her dad. The penguins in the garden were a big hit and were carved for us by wood carver Richard Douglas from Wildwood Crafts.”