This year’s Hampton Court Flower Show was a huge success, with the very best gardening, horticultural and landscaping minds from across the world bringing their unique perspective to each of the wonderful gardens in the showground.
Here’s a selection of some of our favourites from this Year’s Hampton Court Flower Show:
Green is the Colour – Elinor Scarth and Etienne Haller
A tiny budget of £7000 went into this garden, the name of which is derived from the famous Pink Floyd song. The designers wished to recreate the thick, heavy woodlands of eastern Canada and adheres to the common requirements of a small urban space: Screening, privacy and ease of maintenance. The essence of a wilder landscape makes ‘Green is the Colour’ a private place of escape and serenity.
A firm favourite amongst the viewing public, Forgotten Folly is a beautiful tangled wilderness, and gives the impression of ruins left to be reclaimed by nature. It’s hard to believe the garden hasn’t been there for decades, as plants tangle and mix, flourishing over the many levels of human construction. A great habitat for wildlife.
The Bounce Back Garden: Untying the knot
The Bounce Back Foundation Garden tells an inspiring story. It narrates Bounce Back’s mission to give ex-offenders a second chance and unties the knot of uncertainty faced by ex-offenders when starting over. Through the use of plant form, colour and texture, the design recounts how Bounce Back’s painting and decorating social enterprise works with ex-offenders to create new and fulfilling lives
A Space to Connect and Grow:
Winner of the Gold award in this category, the garden is a versatile space designed for arts and performances. Many upcycled materials went into the construction of this colourful and inviting garden, including a grow-zone for edible plants created from upcycled metal wheels. The garden has been produced in collaboration with The Green Backyard, a vibrant community growing project.
Gluttony E123 – Katerina Rafaj
This garden highlights the sheer excess of modern life, and contrasts the garish colours of giant jellybeans with the natural greens and soft hues of the flowering plants.
Sloth – Quarry of Silences – Sheena Seeks
An oddly disturbing design that borders on the surreal. Sloth features a rock steadfastly refusing to tumble down a slope, and an array of spades cast down or dug in at points along the sides of the hill. The spades are said to each represent a person, and the rock the reward they aspire to. Some spades have given up their pursuit and fallen back down the hill into a graveyard of broken dreams. Three ‘graves’ at the base of the hill each have spades holding, consecutively, a brain, a pair of boots and a heart, representing the mind, body and soul.
Wrath – Eruption of Unhealed Anger – Nilufer Danis
the sin of Wrath is epitomised by the firey, volcanic styled garden and the mass of reds, oranges and black flowers surrounding a deep black smouldering crater, which frequently erupts with jets of water (much to the delight of viewing schoolchildren). The metaphors here are obvious but very effective.
It was a great show, and these are only a handful of the fantastic gardens at the show – do you have any images you’d like to share?
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All Images, Adam Niblett