Somerset Garden Designer, Katherine Crouch, has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Gardener of the Decade' by judges at The Eden Project in Cornwall.
Katherine who won the BBC's Gardener of the Year title in 1999 was asked back by the BBC to compete against other previous winners for the champion of champion's title.
The competition, which took place at Eden in September, involved a series of gruelling tasks each judged to Royal Horticultural standards. The final task was to design and build a border suitable for the climate predicted in Cornwall in 2040, which Katherine did with flair and wit by writing herself into the design as an 80-something gardener of the future.
‘I was delighted to be asked back by the BBC to take part in this competition' said Katherine, who runs a successful garden design business which she formed after winning the BBC Gardener of the Year completion in 1999. ‘Imagining myself in my eighties led to a whole raft of ideas about what gardening might be like in the future'
Katherine's website www.katherinecrouch.com is proudly sponsored by Marshalls Seeds who fittingly hold the title of Garden Catalogue of the Year. Marshalls Seeds, who have long been the favourite supplier to prize vegetable growers and increasingly favoured by gardeners appreciating the benefits of real, fresh and tasty food from their gardens and allotments, launch their new website at www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk in January 2009 which will feature Katherine's tips and ideas.
As part of the prize for winning the Gardener of the Decade competition, Katherine received a beautiful Dartington Glass vase and will be at the press day at Chelsea Flower show in 2009. Katherine will also be on the Marshalls stand at RHS Hampton Court Show in July 2009.
Her diary-esque piece, written to accompany her design for the final round of the completion concluded with her recollection of what gardening was like in the good old days, being fully clothed!