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Somerset gardener’s topiary lands him national recognition  

A SOMERSET gardener has been recognised in a top national gardening competition for his eye-catching topiary.

Hugh Johnson, from Great Elm, received a highly commended recognition in Henchman’s 2024 inaugural Topiary Awards for his display of intricate sculptured shapes.  

The garden includes a variety of traditional topiary designs, such as spiral and cone shapes, punctuated with vibrant purple flowers to add a splash of colour. 

Hugh Johnson was named among six others as part of the national competition Picture: Henchman

Hugh Johnson was named among six others as part of the national competition Picture: Henchman

The competition, launched by Henchman to celebrate and honour the centuries-old tradition of shaping living sculptures from plants, has drawn entries from across Britain.  

This year’s competition saw a fantastic display of topiary mastery, showcasing the very best in garden artistry. 

Clare Lenaghan-Balmer, head of marketing at Henchman said: “We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Henchman Topiary Awards and to recognise their exceptional talent and passion for topiary.

Hugh Johnson's submission was highly commended Picture: Henchman

Hugh Johnson’s submission was highly commended Picture: Henchman

“We were blown away by the quality of submissions – both in the Professional and Home Gardener category – so much so that the judges have selected a first place winner, second place and a highly commended, as well as the Henchman’s Choice award.

“Each winning sculpture is a testament to the creativity and skill that’s out there across Britain.”

The entries were evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria designed to assess their creativity, craftsmanship, and overall impact, by an esteemed panel of topiary experts and horticulturalists including; Elizabeth Hilliard, Editor of European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS) magazine TOPIARIUS; Michael Buck, Head of Horticulture at Creepers Nursery; Andy Bourke, professional topiarist better known as The Hedge Barber; and Owen Simpson, Managing Director at Henchman.  

Picture: Henchman

Picture: Henchman

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