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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hampton Court - Design Ideas

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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