A Whitley Bay resident was among the winners at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
The annual event at the NEC Birmingham is also linked with the BBC Good Food Show and attracts about 100,000 people, as well as coverage on BBC2.
Ben Stubbs started his own business – Lush Gardens North East – a couple of years ago. He fits in work where he can alongside looking after his two children at home.
The 36-year-old entered a competition to create a 7mx1.5m show garden at Gardeners’ World Live and his design was among those selected. All of the entries were judged the day before the event started.
And as well as receiving a gold award, he won the Best Beautiful Border Gardeners’ World Magazine Subscriber 2018 title.
Ben, who is married to Donna, said: “My daughter’s pink plastic toys were the main non-floral feature of my border, so it was a bit overwhelming to see all the fantastic displays.
“But what we had going for us was that we had great plants and a great theme that was honest and relatable to other people’s gardens. In saying that, it was completely surreal to win the title and gold award.
“There was an area for the border entrants at the event and it was nice to chat with people about my gardening and competition entry.”
“This included someone who lives on the same road as me who goes along to these types of gardening events – he had read the article about me in the News Guardian before the event so he knew I would be there,” he added.