This April sees the launch of a fantastic new event at Ascot Racecourse, the Ascot Spring Garden Show. This event, set in the fabulous setting of the racecourse grandstands, will be the home of six show gardens designed by Britain’s leading horticultural experts with a lovely balance of some well-known faces and emerging talent.

Gaze Burvill are delighted to be asked to furnish Catherine MacDonald’s Landform Garden. Catherine is the senior landscape designer at Landform Consultants Ltd. As well as creating interesting award-winning show gardens, Catherine designs beautifully balanced gardens and landscapes for domestic and commercial clients.

Her garden is designed to a colour palette of white, blue and pale yellows set against a backdrop of greens built up across clipped hedges, flowering trees and a relaxed lawn.

Under the louvered canopy in the garden is a dining arrangement set for six from Gaze Burvill’s Levity collection. Levity showcases state-of-the-art furniture manufacturing techniques blending Computer Controlled Machining with traditional craft techniques, such as dovetail joints, and Gaze Burvill’s signature steam bent curves.

Levity brings together two materials, Oak and Dekton®. The Oak is sustainably sourced from Europe while Dekton® is an man-made stone, formed by a high-tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes over thousands of years. Gaze Burvill use Dekton® on their Levity dining tables due to it being highly UV resistant (the surface will not fade in the sun).

A watercolour of the Landform Garden by Catherine MacDonald

With the trend of gardens, in particular town gardens and smaller country gardens, to be treated as an additional ‘outdoor room’ in modern living, Catherine’s garden showcases how to get both function and beauty into a smaller space. The shaded area offers defined area for dining while providing a perfect spot to absorb the views punctuated with elegant planting. A piece of sculpture provides the focal point back across to the other side of the garden.

Catherine has over ten years’ experience at shows. Early in her career she planted, detailed and project managed for several top designers. Since joining Landform in 2010, Catherine has project managed all RHS Chelsea Flower Show build projects, alongside Mark Gregory, Managing Director of Landform, whilst also designing many show gardens and exhibits herself.

Catherine MacDonald