The annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is over and its show gardens have been dismantled. As usual there has been a lot of interesting innovation as well as a fair measure of theatre. It is a pity to let the event pass without picking out some of the different and often bizarre exhibits, which either provide inspiration or offer warnings as to what might not be such a good idea. So I have made a selection that is presented on the GardenMessenger web-site. It is purely arbitrary, and is intended to record some of the design features that are rarely encountered elsewhere. To provide a taste of these designs I have produced a sample below. The description is that of the designer.
Alan Gardner Garden Design
Inspired by an art form known as Land Art, Alan Gardner’s design takes the premise of constructing shapes from soil or sand and transfers it to a garden setting. Three cones measuring 2m, 3m and 4m in diameter are constructed at 33º angles and are the main focus of this daring installation. On the right hand side of the garden is a circular lawn within which sits an inverted cone of turf. At the rear is a grass-fronted bank planted across the middle with five multi-stemmed silver birches that cast interesting shadows on the sand cones beneath.The low-maintenance planting scheme is made up of bamboos, moisture-loving grasses and marginal plants to add to the riverbank feel. Photo: RHS
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