RHS Hampton Court 2016 – At a glance
RHS Hampton Court is done and dusted for another year – but what a year it has been!
The Landform team are having a well earned rest from the shows, celebrating two GOLD medals for the Squire’s Show Garden and conceptual garden UNHCR “Border Control” Garden, and top award – 4 Star Tradestand Award for the Hartley Botanic stand.
Not only that, at the end of the week – Catherine MacDonald received the People’s Choice Award for the Squire’s Garden on behalf of the team. What a successful end to the show season for Landform – well done again team!
The Border Control Garden built by our foreman Steve also won Best in Category. The garden’s concept garden highlights the current refugee crisis and the desperate risks many people take to find shelter. Surrounded by fencing and security guards, visitors view the garden from the non-native refugees’ perspective, a land full of danger, despair and suffering with only glimpses of the sanctuary beyond. However, dispersed amongst the rubble, surviving against the odds, a number of beautiful non-native plants shine, colourful displays of strength and hope in the face of adversity.
At first glance the central island planting appears to be a traditional British wildflower meadow, but on closer inspection, many of the plants from the outer zone have made it across, integrated amongst the native wildflowers, blending in, harmonising and adding to the overall beauty of the sanctuary.
The stone was supplied by London Stone.
Peter Seabrook, Gardening Editor of The Sun, described the Squire’s Garden “A touch of class”.
Sarah Squire (Deputy Chairman at Squire’s) commented “We are absolutely thrilled to win a Gold Medal at Hampton Court in Squire’s 80th Anniversary year! Our thanks must go to our designer Catherine MacDonald and the team at Landform for doing such an amazing job, despite the inclement weather over the last couple of weeks. Our Show Garden is stylish and contemporary, and I particularly love the concept of the sunken entertaining area, as it’s very peaceful and secluded. The planting is absolutely beautiful with a well-chosen colour palette. I hope that people will take inspiration from some of the elements of the garden to create the look in their own garden at home.