Silver Hampton Court success for former Petworth gardener

The gardeners are interviewed by Monty Don PICTURE BY HELEN BOOSEY
The gardeners are interviewed by Monty Don PICTURE BY HELEN BOOSEY
  • Amy Robertson and her two fellow garden designers created a garden for the Wellbeing of Women charity
  • It was their first ever design at Hampton Court
  • They won a silver gilt award and their garden was voted the People’s Choice

THERE was silver success at the Hampton Court Palace flower show for a former Petworth gardener with her first ever display there.

Amy Robertson who was brought up in East Lavington joined forces with Wendy Von Buren and Claire Moreno creating their first show garden together since qualifying at the Garden Design School at Painshill Park two years ago.

Their garden was designed to mark 50 years of research funded by the charity Well being of Women into issues affecting women’s health.

“Due the therapeutic link between gardens and wellbeing, an RHS flower show seemed the perfect place for a Wellbeing of Women garden,” said Amy in her show garden leaflet.

The garden not only won a silver gilt award, it was also given the ‘People’s Choice Award’ selected by visitors to the show.

The garden featured medicinal and sensory plants in the purples, blues and whites of the colours of the charity’s logo.

It had another Petworth connection as the stepping stones and patio were engraved with the decades and the words ‘Our research for your family’s future’ by Petworth stone mason and chairman of the town council Chris Kemp.

Amy’s interest in horticulture began as a six year old pupil of Graffham Primary School where she won first prize naming wildflowers.

She also had her own vegetable garden as a child at the family’s East Lavington home.

She attended Midhurst Grammar School and later worked in the health service at King Edward VII Hospital. She then redesigned her career to fit in with husband Philip and two sons, James and Oliver studying RHS Horticulture at Brinsbury College. She then set up her own business Truly Gardening based in Henfield.

“For friends and family, who have watched Amy’s career change, it is a very proud moment,” said her mother Vivien Gosden.

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