Home to the largest independent flower show in the country, Southport is now home to a unique garden inspired by the Deep South of America at the new Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant in the town.

Designed by Howard Miller Design and installed by the experienced Landstruction team, the secure outdoor space is one of the most exciting projects ever undertaken by this collaboration who have previously worked together on four RHS Gold Medal Winning Show Gardens.

The garden has been inspired by Southern USA, board walks, tall vegetation and a planting scheme made up of ornamental grasses such as Deschampsia, Molinia and Miscanthus. The grassland is interspersed with flowering perennials such as Allium, Rudbeckia and Coreopsis.

The finishing touch was the addition of a naturally felled oak tree which replicates those old houses in the Deep South of America which often have distinctive live oaks. Howard Miller explained further: "Our brief said the garden had to be a fun place for children so there are lots of places to discover and explore. Old houses in the deep south often have these distinctive 'live oaks'- which are a species of oak that has incredible twisting and drooping limbs. We wanted to get a sense of that into the design, so we sourced a felled oak tree with distinctive branches for children to climb on.”

David Binks, Managing Director at Landstruction said: “We are delighted to have collaborated with both Howard Miller Design and Hickory’s Smokehouse for the first time on this exciting project in Southport. Visitors will be able to enjoy the garden from the wrap around, covered veranda or completely immerse themselves in the garden during the visit as well as taking inspiration from the surroundings for their own gardens.

David adds: “The architecturally designed outdoor space marks a unique step change for Hickory’s and we are thrilled to have played an integral part in the restaurant’s development. On a personal note, the new collaboration represents another exciting chapter in the future of Landstruction.”

For more information or images please contact Charlie Du Pré on charlie@landstruction.com or 01244 880422

Images Available upon request.

About landstruction.com: Landstruction is the culmination of three generations of landscaping and horticultural excellence. Founded by Gold Medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2015) and at RHS Tatton Park (2011 – 2013), the company excel in hard and soft landscaping.

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