The article below was published in our local Parish magazine in Autumn 2002 and tells the story of how I came to enter the competition and what happened when I arrived at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show:
Judith Quérée has returned triumphant from her visit to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Readers of Lé Gris Ventre will recall that Judith won a BBC invitation to design a garden for the prestigious London flower show. After initial disappointment the project reached a most successful climax. Judith recalls her thoughts during and exhilaration after the events leading to her second national success at garden design.
Not another competition I thought, I don't think that I have either the time or the inspiration to design a garden entitled 'Where I live', but when Nigel returned from Radio Jersey with an application form an idea literally came from out of the blue.
What is more typically Jersey, I thought, than buying your potatoes from a farm house with an 'honesty box'. Where I have been buying, what I think are the best potatoes in the island for years, was the perfect inspiration. I asked Mrs. Rault if it was all right for me to send the design loosely based on her cottage at L'Etacq, never thinking that I would actually be chosen from over 200 entries from around the British Isles.
It was going to be very different from BBC Gardener of the Year 2000 as all the ordering and construction was to be arranged by the BBC and it was entirely up to me how much I wanted to be involved. I was in regular touch with the coordinator and builder I was soon to learn that the many phone calls was not sufficient to ensure my plans where adhered to.