Hampton Court Highlights

There were some impressive gardens at this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, particularly in the Garden on a budget category and amongst the Conceptual gardens. We’ve put together a photo gallery of some of our favourites.

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Hard landscaping materials – the best of Chelsea 2012

As can be expected, the quality and finishing of the hard landscaping at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 was of an exceptional standard. Some of the ideas and execution of the hard landscaping materials used were just as strong, and we’ve drawn together a compilation of some great examples that caught our eye.


The rich colour and strong horizontal lines of the overhead beams make a bold statement, as does the floating dining table, both of which featured on The Australian Garden designed by Jason Hodges / Flemings.

The beautiful rich colour of the bold cedar wood frames are the central feature of the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden designed by Joe Swift.

A simple and sleek wood bench on the Celebration of Caravanning Garden designed by Jo Thompson.


The Australian Garden featured leaf sculptures with the rust tones tying in with the warmth of the wooden overhead beams.

Taking the function of a fence this is an imaginative use of corten steel on The World Vision Garden designed by FlemondsWarlandDesign.

Corten Steel is used by Joe Swift here as a water feature on the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden.

A further example of corten steel used as a water feature on The Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price.  The material is used on the edges of the pool and the vertical water cascade.

The focal point of The M&G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon is the energy wave sculpture, crafted from copper rings, that weaves through the garden.


An old stone mill head mounted on the dry stone wall is an impressive and imaginative focal point on the Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West.

Limestone is the natural stone on The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price, with boulders and rough hewn blocks worked through the space.

The Renault Garden designed by James Basson demonstrates that a waste material such as pudding stone can be used to create a garden. Here it is used to form the pillars at the heart of the garden.

Travatine stone from Tivoli was chosen for the hard landscaping elements on The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Thomas Hoblyn. Rough hewn and finely honed finishes were both used in the garden.

A traditional dry stone roof is used on the Trulio building which is the centre-piece of the RBC Blue Water Garden designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett.

The M&G Garden by Andy Sturgeon features natural materials with Purbeck stone being used for the steps leading down to the pool.


Perspex cubes and artwork is central to The QR Code Garden designed by Jade Goto / Green Graphite.

The planters in the Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow Garden designed by Patricia Fox have been manufactured by recycled materials.

Crafted leaves of perspex frost acrylic are used for the sculpture at the heart of The Bradstone Panache Garden designed by Caroline E Butler.

A striking sculpture stands out amongst the fresh gardens at Chelsea.

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Garden Visit : Jubilee Park and surroundings

Jubilee Park was created as part of the further development of Canary Wharf in London. The 10,000 sqm space is constructed over Canary Wharf underground station and shopping mall. It forms the largest green space on the Canary Wharf Estate and the father and son team of Jacques and Peter Wirtz were commissioned to design the park.

The park boundary is a simple low beech hedge and six tree species including Metasequoia glyptostroboides and Prunus were introduced, and most of the trees are still within their original containers and serviced by an automatic irrigation system.

The parks curvilinear design of bold organic shapes provides a contrast to the scale and geometry of the surrounding architecture. The curved stone walls and textures were two important elements in the designers’ concept.

The dominant feature of the park is the central serpentine raised water feature. The layout of the water feature is curved to provide a contrast to the straight lines of the surrounding buildings. The landform walls have angled edges and are clad in Belgium limestone.

There are large areas of mown grass and areas of low level planting that includes Ilex crenata and Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’.

It was always intended that public art should play a major role throughout the Canary Wharf development and these range from ornate iron railings to textured glass screens and large fountains, by leading artists and designers.

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