National first for Bury St Edmunds’ garden designer

Mike Long and Jean Wardrop.
Mike Long and Jean Wardrop.
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An award-winning landscape garden designer from Bury St Edmunds has secured a prestigious national honour.

Mike Long, the owner of Genesis Landscapes, based in Bradfield St George, has been chosen to build his first show garden at one of the UK’s biggest garden events.

An image showing how the garden should appear.

An image showing how the garden should appear.

He has been invited by the Association of Professional Landscapers to create the garden for the BBC Gardener’s World Live show at the NEC in Birmingham starting on June 16.

The garden is likely to be seen by a global audience as the four day show attracts 90,000 visitors. Among them will be gardening industry stars Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh.

Mr Long, who founded Genesis six years ago, has already been recognised as one of the top 30 landscape gardeners aged under 30 in the country.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be selected for the competition and, of course, we’re aiming for the best medal we can.

“It’s the first show garden we’ve built, planning it has taken around six months and has been a huge undertaking.

“We’ve had to source everything from our suppliers, many of whom have been hugely supportive in donating an array of materials.”

Mike has worked with Jean Wardrop and Alexandra Stevenson, who has exhibited at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Mike Long’s creation is called The Green Connection.

It is endorsed by the RSPB and the design seeks to reconnect people to their garden.

The garden will take three and half weeks to build.

It is a tight budget and Mike and his team of three garden builders will be living together in a caravan in Birmingham for the next month.