But could I award one more gold - for the gardeners at the Olympic Park, who’ve battled against the elements to turn Sarah Price’s garden design into a stunning reality, enjoyed by tens of thousands? I first saw the park in mid-June, when Stratford was still a building site. (See http://greenjottings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/going-for-gold-at-londons-olympic-park.html ) The plants were mostly foliage, any tall shoots buffeted by a stiff breeze.
But eight weeks on, as the crowd streamed in to cheer Usain Bolt, the difference was unbelieveable. The gardening team had achieved their goal of getting everything to flower in time and the banks of the River Lea were ablaze with colour. The design reflects the arrival in Britain of plants from all over the world. Above, the Orbit towers over the area with plants from
Kniphopfia bring a golden glow to the Southern Hemisphere garden.
The planting is designed to encourage wildlife. Here, bees enjoy some of the purple angelica in the Asia garden.
The pond in the Royal Horticultural Society Great British Garden. There's even a plum tree, the fruit almost ready for picking.