Writtle University College Horticulture students took full advantage of the invite by BALI to attend the North Thames lecture by multi award-winner Mark Gregory on Tuesday 12 February in Hertfordshire.
Mark presented his 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower show garden 'Devil in the Detail' bringing the Yorkshire Dales to Chelsea, providing a detailed insight behind its creation, purpose and construction to achieve a Gold medal, Best Construction and The People's Choice Award accolades.
The lecture celebrated Marks' 30 years building gardens at Chelsea's RHS Flower Show demonstrating a rich history of awards and collaborations with top designers as well as his own design experiences.
The methods of how the landscape evolved was revealed through step by step images from sourcing of natural stone from disused Yorkshire stone walls, river aged boulders, bespoke forged iron work to fresh cow manure for authenticity.
The audience were captivated and inspired through images of the stunning woodland, lush pastures, varied plants and flowers, a cultivated cottage garden, and a tumbling beck with dramatic fast flowing water which Mark integrated within his scheme.
Taking pride of place in the garden was a stone bothy which was converted into a craftsman's creamery where genuine artisan cheese production took place. Mark identified his secret as the "garden being a theatrical stage set up for public visual exploration and media attraction".
During the evening an award was also presented to retired and former Writtle lecturer Greg Allen. Greg has been a BALI vetting officer and Chairman of the Adjudication Panel for the BALI awards for the last 7 years. His award followed as he stepped down from the role in November and was presented the award by Paul Downer (Previous BALI Chairman and Writtle governor) who identified the breadth and width of Greg's contribution to BALI, the industry and to the hundreds of students he has inspired and supported through his career.
The evening was a great success and BALI have invited Writtle University College to future lectures, with free admission to staff and students. Writtle is a member of BALI and are strongly supported by the organisation and the many companies that Writtle has helped fuel with its skilled and talented staff.