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Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS • P. O. Box 7, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 • 610.505.8262 • www.handmadegardens.net

NEWS from HANDMADE GARDENS   Fall 2014

Michael Petrie wins GOLD & BEST OF SHOW at International Garden Design Competition in SINGAPORE

Handmade Garden’s owner Michael Petrie can add the word international to his award-winning garden design titles, having just won both Gold and Best of Show in Asia’s highly regarded tropical garden and flower show—the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF).


This August 2014 win comes on the heels of Petrie’s winning a Silver medal in the 2013 Gardening World Cup (GWC) in Japan last fall. 

The SGF, which took place August 18-24, 2014 at Gardens By the Bay, Singapore, brought together international award-winning designers from all over the world to compete under one roof. Invited participants included recent top winners from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England; the Gardening World Cup in Japan, the Ellerslie International Flower Show in New Zealand; the Philadelphia Flower Show; and the SGF itself.

In October 2013, Michael Petrie represented the United States in the 2013 Gardening World Cup at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan. In this event, Petrie was one of eight world class designers invited to create a show garden on the theme of peace. His entry, “Finding Peace,” was awarded a Silver Medal.


“Finding Peace,” was recently showcased in the August 2014 issue of Country Gardens® magazine, along with the gardens of four fellow designers in the show (see photo, below left). The Country Gardens® article, which was written by editor James A. Baggett,  featured photographs by photographer extraordinaire Rob Cardillo (Private Edens, The Layered Garden). More photos by Rob Cardillo from the 2013 Gardening World Cup can be seen in this A Flower Show at the End of the World "Garden Rant” guest post.

Michael Petrie won Best of Show award in the fantasy gardens category of the 2014 Singapore Garden Festival for his “Back To The Wild” display, above.

Petrie’s Singapore win was in the Fantasy Garden category, one of three main competitive categories in the SGF that are the star attractions at the Festival. For each category, judges can hand out Gold, Silver and Bronze medals with the overall winner being awarded with the title of Best of Show. Petrie’s garden, a 9-metre by 9-metre landscape called “Back To The Wild,” mixed recyclable materials and plants to create the impression of a modern city overrun by nature. As a 2014 Best of Show winner, Petrie is invited to participate in the next Singapore Garden Festival which takes place in 2016.

Michael Petrie’s 2013 Gardening World Cup Silver winner featured in Country Gardens®

Below, left to right: Garden designers Lim In Chong (Malaysia), Xanthe White (New Zealand), James Basson (France), Country Gardens® editor James A. Baggett, Michael Petrie (United States), and Leon Kluge (South Africa) at Gardening World Cup at Huis Ten Bosch in southern Japan.  Below, right: Michael Petrie and his garden, “Finding Peace,” which won a Silver Medal in the 2013 Gardening World Cup. PHOTOS © 2014 by Rob Cardillo.

Catch Michael Perie’s talk, “The WOW in Your Garden,” at the Radnor Memorial Library on Thursday, November 6 at  6:30 PM