It’s only a matter of weeks between Chelsea ending and Hampton Court starting. Build-up begins this week at the largest of the RHS’s flower shows.
The Urban Rain Garden is now in also sponsored in part by Squires Garden Centres and London Stone. The garden features an unusual walk through element between the front and rear gardens in the scheme, allowing visitors to view the gardens from the inside out. The interactive walkthrough takes visitors on a journey of ethical stone sourcing, sustainability and the environment. Both the front and rear gardens feature a strong message and many sustainable ideas to take home.
Mark Gregory, remembering how our Squire’s Garden was flooded last year during the build, says that the weather at Hampton Court can often be extreme. “There’s a lot to do in this garden and the finishes are weather dependent. The garden has a strong message and I’m very excited for Rhiannon,” says Mark. Keep your fingers crossed our team has a dry time over the next few weeks! Ross is the lead foreman and we’ll bring you an update on their progress over the next few weeks.
We are also doing the hard landscaping for the “It’s All About Community” for Blind Veterans UK. This garden for the charity, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin & Dan Bowyer, is the largest ever Show Garden at Hampton Court. It is a circular design and 20 metres in diameter. It is a very interesting project which will include a tapestry of trees, and with willow structures by Tom Hare and kitchen garden planting by John Wheatley – it will prove to be a highly detailed interactive walk-through garden. We are completing compacted gravel paths and laying york stone provided by London Stone.
Finally, we are also providing the hard landscaping for another charity garden, the Perennial Sanctuary Garden designed by Tom Massey. In the same category as the Urban Rain Garden, “Gardens for a Changing World”, the Perennial Sanctuary Garden is another circular garden. We are laying a simple gravel path with metal edging for this garden as sponsorship in kind for the Perennial Charity. The garden proves to be an audio visual sensory experience, using colour and forms to depict a journey from chaos to calm.