Lister Hospital physiotherapist wins prestigious flower show award for her first ever built garden

Rachel Pocock

Rachel Pocock - Credit: Archant

A green fingered physiotherapist at Lister Hospital has won a covered award – just a year after graduating.

Rachel Pocock won the Silver-Gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with a company she and a fellow graduate set up.

It is the first garden they have ever had built.

The 48-year-old established VaRa Garden Design with 40-year-old Vanessa Hoch, a marketing manager at Eden Academy, after the pair studied together at Capel Manor College in Enfield.

Rachel said: “It’s been fantastic, the whole thing has just been a brilliant experience and very rewarding. Everybody who has helped has been great.”

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The pair have worked hard designing and creating the garden around family commitments and work.

The simple but effective designs have proved to be a winning formula for garden fans, Rachel said, as people can visualise how they would look in their own back yards.

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She added: “It’s really nice to give people inspiration.”

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