Garden Design Workshop – Which Garden Has Been Chosen?

It was a tough decision to pick just three gardens to be finalists for the free design I did as a part of the FREE Online Garden Design Weekend Workshop. I wanted the garden design workshop to be of the highest value possible to the most number of people, so I chose gardens that represented this.


I was expecting to see lots of gardens that had already been landscaped but needed improving, as this is what I tend to see when I’m called out as a professional designer. However, the noticeable trend for the free design was for a ‘blank canvas garden’. In particular, long gardens.

Here’s a bit more information about the design styles each of our finalists had:

Garden A

Martyn would love to have a curvaceous design that incorporates a new raised seating area at the top of the garden where it’s nice and sunny. He wants the retaining wall for the patio terrace to tie in with the white walls of his house. He’d also like an area for entertaining and BBQ-ing closer to the house.

Garden B

Sam would love to have a modern, funky looking garden with a Japanese feel. She has two children (ages 12 and 8) and would also love a den area for them at the end of the garden.

Garden C

Catherine would like a natural garden to encourage bees, birds, wildlife etc. Lowish maintenance, with a way of incorporating the pond and improving the large patio.

Want to See Which Garden Has Been Chosen?

Of course you do! And you sure can. You can watch the workshop by following this link and see which garden has been chosen!



About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!


  1. Hi Rachel,
    What a great idea for a competition! I like the natural bird attracting theme of garden C, and at the same time curious about the fun vibrant results garden design B could create. Being in Essendon, Australia we’ll have to watch your blog for the results:)

  2. Thank you, though it doesn’t matter where you live as it’s all online, so completely suitable for a worldwide audience 🙂

  3. Alison Boocock says:

    Hi Rachel, I was on holiday and missed your workshop on the winning garden.
    I don’t seem to be able to find it to watch. Can you give me the web address where I can view it, as it’s only on until tomorrow.


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