Liverpool gardener stars at prestigious flower show

Breathe Easy by Peter Lloyd

LIVERPOOL garden designer Peter Lloyd has created a unique garden based on mindfulness for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park this summer.

Peter’s design, called Breathe Easy, is a space for relaxation, retuning and meditating. As mindfulness and meditation both focus on breathing, two large flower beds have been designed in the shape of lungs. The central passage between the beds is sunken from street level. One ‘lung’ contains naturalistic planting including perennials and grasses while the other contains edibles and herbs. These raised beds offer spaces for visitors to sit, harvest produce and maintain the garden.

Peter has combined pinks, purples and violets to create a harmonious feel to the garden. The boundaries, raised beds and edging materials are reclaimed timber sleepers. Socially distanced seating is provided to assist in mindfulness practice.

A sculpture provides a focal point in the naturalistic bed. It has been constructed by ‘Piece by Piece’, a collaborative pilot in partnership with The Stroke Association. The sculpture was put together by stroke survivors in Merseyside through art-based activities, using the art of mosaics as a therapy tool to benefit physical and cognitive development and repair.

Peter Lloyd and Paul Durrance

Liverpool landscape company Mustard Seed will support Peter in building the show garden. All the show gardens will be viewed by the judges who will then select the winners of the gold, silver-gilt, silver and bronze awards.

In 2019 Peter was awarded a gold medal for the show garden he designed and exhibited at Southport Flower Show. The garden aimed to raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis, a debilitating and fatal lung disease.

Peter Said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to showcase my work at Tatton Park and to design a garden that aims to improve mental wellbeing and overall quality of life.”

Liverpool accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth provides Peter with a range of financial and business support services.

Paul Durrance, partner at Mitchell Charlesworth added: “Peter Lloyd is an innovative and successful garden designer who Mitchell Charlesworth supports with accounts, corporate tax, personal tax, payroll, forecasting and financial management advice. We wish him the best of luck at Tatton Park.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park takes place from 21-25 July 2021.

Once the flower show is over, there are plans to relocate the show garden in its entirety to a Liverpool-based organisation for the benefit of the local community.