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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 - Sponsored Gardens - Part Two

Post date: 05 Jul, 2018

Following on from our previous RHS Hampton Court Flower Show post, we take a further look at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show gardens that have used our products:

8. Elements Mystique Garden

Designed by: Lawrence Roberts

Contractor: Elements Garden Design

Awards: Silver Gilt Medal

Inspired by the work of Belgian sculptor William Roobrouck, Elements Garden Design has sought to showcase this artist’s latest statement piece – a 2.5m (8ft) diameter steel sphere, which represents a fallen meteor.

The impact of the sculpture ‘crash landing’ into an urban setting has affected the surroundings; from blackened fencing, burnt trees and scorched vegetation to ‘ruptured’ paving. We were delighted to donate our Mixed Galacial Boulders to the garden, which were sliced and laid close together like paving slabs. This resulted in a very uneven and disjointed paving scheme; a perfect contrast to the sharp lines and points of the steel orb sculpture.

9. Secured by Design

Designed by: Lucy Glover and Jacqueline Poll

Awards: Silver Medal

Fighting crime, one garden at a time! This contemporary garden has been designed by Capel Manor design students to a brief set by the Metropolitan Police. The aim was to create an enjoyable, sustainable and safe garden with well-protected boundaries. ‘Secured By Design’ by Lucy Glover and Jacqueline Poll has 16 crime prevention features!

Much of the hard landscaping has been constructed with sustainability in mind. The pergola roof is crafted from old scaffold poles, and the shed is constructed from wooden palettes. The clean lines of the hard landscaping are softened by a calm, less formal planting scheme which combines tall grasses with a riot of colourful pink and purple blooms. We were delighted to donate our Silver Grey Granite Paving and Plank Paving along with our Silver Grey Granite Aggregate which was used to blend the tones of the scheme together. The dawn till dusk low-voltage lights ensure visibility in the garden at night, and stone-effect solar lights provide additional lighting and sculptural interest.

10. Rias de Galicia – A Garden at the End of the Earth

Designed by: Rosie McMonigall

Contractor: Bowood Landscapes Ltd

Awards: Silver Medal

This garden cleverly replicates the salty beach coves of Rias De Galicia on the Atlantic Coast in north-west Spain, showcasing tough and salt-resistant planting typical of the region.

The wall at the back of the garden is made up of 5,000 scallop shells that were shipped in from Spain. Shell cladding is a traditional building method in Galicia, often found on west-facing walls to stop damp problems inside the building. The composition paints a small, secluded cove, glimpsed through pine trees. A path winds up from the beach though a palette of shrubs, rock plants and atmospheric grasses, to a fisherman’s cottage.

We were delighted to donate a range of different materials to this garden, including Scottish Beach Cobbles, Scottish Beach Pebbles, Silver Grey Granite Aggregate, Black and Blue Slate Aggregate, Pearly Quartz Pebbles, Porphyry Plattens, Firebird Gneiss Rockery, Weathered Limestone Rockery, Natural Grey Paddlestones, Tumbled Aged Red Cobbles and Tumbled White Marble Cobbles.

11. Great Gardens of the USA - The Charleston and South Carolina

Designed by: Sadie May Stowell

Contractor: Landscape Associates Ltd

Awards: Silver Gilt Medal

Taking its inspiration from Charleston’s renowned hidden gardens, this garden is designed to capture the spirit, charm and elegance of Charleston. The centrepiece is a scaled-down replica of Charleston’s famous pineapple water feature – a symbol of welcome. The pineapple motif depicted in the garden is synonymous with the locality. A ship’s captain would spike a pineapple and place it on a stick outside his home to indicate his return from sea and to welcome visitors to the house. This is the first time that Sadie has introduced gold leaf into her gardens.

Included is a water feature based on Charleston’s famous Pineapple fountain, wrought iron railings, and walls and pillars made from reclaimed brick. A pair of joggling boards painted in classic Charleston green appear at the front of the garden under the characterful trees, which are set within the grass planting. The distinctive Black Limestone Crazy Paving forms a palette of blue slate and oyster shell, in reference to the historic streets of Charleston.

12. Great Gardens of the USA – The Orgeon Garden

Designed by: Sadie May Stowell

Awards: Bronze Medal

This garden is designed to capture the natural beauty of the landscape and gardens of Oregon.The design takes inspiration from the mountains and rich heritage of fruit and timber production that is found in the region.

The garden backdrop is made up of rocky outcrops, which represent Oregon’s mountains. At the centre of the space is a clear pool fed by a waterfall, built from stacked Gabbro Boulders. The planting wraps around the seating and water feature areas, creating sinuous curving shapes.

13. The Entertaining Garden

Designed by: Anca Panait

Contractor: GK Wilson Landscape Services

Awards: Silver Medal

The Entertaining Garden celebrates gin, the nation’s most popular tipple, and the botanicals it’s made from. Designed as an entertaining space for parties, the garden is perfect for mingling with friends and exploring new botanical associations.

Immersed within the planting, visitors are indulged with both the taste and aroma of the plants. The architecturally columnar Juniper communis, a core plant in gin production, takes centre stage within the garden. The planting palette exhibits traditional and more unusual botanicals to showcase the versatility of gin’s flavours.

We were delighted to donate our Golden Quartzite rockery and aggregate to the garden, which blended perfectly with the rusty-orange corten steel bar and planting.

14. RHS Evolve: Through The Roots Of Time

Designed by: Dave Green

Contractor: DJR Landscaping

Housed inside a dome structure and spilling out into the show-ground, this theatrical and educational feature allows visitors to learn what the landscape and general environment might have been like at various points in the earth’s history. Designed by Dave Green, (the man behind the RHS Butterfly Dome) the design features different time periods, including the Pre-Cambrian, Devonian and Jurassic. The walk finishes in the present day with a meadow of flowering plants. The team have created a number of different paved areas, with different styled paths matching the feel of each era.

Giles Heap, CED Stone Group’s Managing Director, met with Dave and the RHS Show Managers in order to discuss the design, assess quantities and look over different material samples. ‘We worked closely with the team to make sure that the right materials would be used in the right way, in the right parts of the garden.’ said Giles. ‘This was particularly important for this project, as we had to be accurate with the different geological time periods.’

The garden also uses our CEDApath Gravel Stabilisation System. Specially designed by CED, this is ideal for keeping outdoor paths and driveways looking smart and neat. Find our more about this brilliant garden here.