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A Lichfield garden designer is going for gold at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Karen Tatlow

Karen Tatlow, who has her own studio in the city, will team up with award-winning designer Katherine Hathaway for the event.

Their design is being created in support of the Diabetes UK charity.

A spokesperson said: “Inspired to design the garden having both watched people they love struggle to come to terms with a diabetes diagnosis, The Habit of Living’garden highlights the scale of the condition which affects more people than cancer and dementia combined.

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“A darker, more difficult to navigate path planted with deep purples and plums gives way to an easier, brighter pathway surrounded by flowers with lighter hues, with a seating area giving a sense of sanctuary for quiet reflection and acceptance.

“A sculptural feature, based on actual blood glucose monitoring graphs, will symbolise the continual monitoring of the condition.”

Their design is one of eight that have been unveiled by the organisers of the festival, which runs from 9th to 12th May.

Head of shows for the event, Diana Walton, said: “Our show gardens are one of the most popular destinations at the festival and this year we’re delighted to be welcoming so many new faces.

“For six of our designers, it will be their first show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

“We can’t wait to see what they will be creating for us – from the initial plans we’ve seen our visitors are certainly in for a treat.”


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