Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 Highlights

Oct 04

This week I visited Hampton Court Flower Show for the second time, there is a slightly different feel to the Hampton Court show compared to Chelsea. Its a little more relaxed however the weather and show gardens didn’t disappoint and offer plenty of inspiration to garden lovers. My favourites this year are A Room With a View, The Macmillan Legacy Garden, Mid Century Modern and Layers and Links. They are all quite different gardens but stand out for me in one way or another.

A Room with a View designed by Mike Harvey
Unusual wooden round stepping stones wind there way up through the planting to lead you up to an elevated terrace. Framing the rear of the terrace and providing some architectural interest is a curved wooden wall with a large opening, a curtain that opens and close can provide extra protection from the elements without restricting your view. The curtain is made from metal bars that are normally used in construction for reinforcing concrete and adds a bit of an industrial feel. Additional apertures in the wall allow your eye to grab different views of the garden as you walk around and the muted colour scheme throughout the planting reflects the tones of the wood and rusty metals to great effect.

 

Macmillan Legacy Garden designed by Rebecca Govier
The centre piece of this garden is the geometric pavilion. The angular shape and sharp lines are contrasted with the calm and fluidity of the surrounding water.

 

Mid Century Modern designed by Adele Ford & Susan Willmott
This garden uses some great iconic pieces of furniture such as the tulip chair and bubble chair together with a bold orange feature wall to provide structure. It reflects the best of 50′s design and the use of plants with orange flowers connects the hard and soft landscaping . Its a high impact garden that I just cant help but love.

 

Layers and Links Designed by Raine Clarke-Wills
This sunken garden provides seclusion and a place to entertain. The design uses rectangles and a variety of levels to great effect. Its a a more formal garden however the hard landscaping and box hedging is softened by the taller plants such as grasses and agapanthus. The blue tone of the walls is carried through to the plant selection and three metal panels provide a focal point and complete the look.

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