Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Lifestyle Centre (BOS) lies nestled amongst the green Waveney Valley in Wortwell and is run by Jody Lidgard. This year, by collaborating with a leading educational charity Montessori St Nicholas, Jody has brought home Gold, in his solo debut as a designer at RHS Chelsea Flowers Show 2019.
Growing up in the urban landscape of Grimsby, Jody has always been attracted to lush landscapes. After a career in the armed forces Jody decided to pursue his passion for the natural world and returned to college to study Landscape and Horticulture for four years. During his time studying, Jody recognised the definite split between hard and soft landscaping and realised the opportunity of merging the two.
Ultimately, this led him to found BOS – specialists in landscape design and construction through which he strives to share his passion and understanding of the horticultural industry. With over twenty years’ experience, Jody passionately believes in the importance of inspiring the next generation to be part of this amazing industry and as a qualified lecturer and trainer he encourages others to do the same. Jody has assisted medal winning gardens at Chelsea for 15 years.
This unbridled passion and energy has inspired Jody to work on The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The child friendly garden includes a wildlife dipping pond, edible living walls a sunken greenhouse and multicolour cabin filled with activities for children. Commenting on the design, Jody said; “The design of the Montessori Garden celebrates the work of Montessori St Nicholas by being child led but future driven. We have showcased plants grown hydroponically, aeroponically, under artificial light and under glass in order to demonstrate the many methods of growing in small spaces that are accessible to children. This design offers an engaging space to nurture children, teach them about the natural world and allow them to explore horticulture in their own way.”
This year, the Chelsea team of 70 from BOS has also managed the building of three other silver medal gardens. To achieve this requires outstanding organisational skills and logistical planning. With the Silver awarded IKEA Garden Jody teamed up with Garden Designer Tamara Bridge to produce “The Garden that will save the world” designed by Tom Dixson. The garden featured plants selected for their medicinal, edible and useful properties all enclosed in a futuristic structure.
The Harmonious Garden of Life which landed a Silver award this year was the brainchild of French designer Laurélie de la Salle. The garden is designed on the basis that beauty and luxury in a garden can also be sustainable. The Bespoke team helped bring Laurélie’s vision to life by constructing the garden and assisting with plant selection.
The fourth garden this year to be completed by the team which brought home Silver Gilt is The Wedgewood Garden, designed by London based designer Jo Thompson. Jo’s signature planting style is given a twist this year, with plants that lend a wild look confined to more structured sunken garden surrounded by watercourses and channels.
The BOS lifestyle centre will showcase some of the unique materials and finishes that can be used in everyday gardens. It is also Jody’s dream to use the site as a learning hub where companies can hold meetings in a peaceful environment, the public can meet for a cuppa or attend one of the many events that are planned for the future.