A big happy well done to the excellent Chelsea show gardeners who achieved medals this year and a hearty congratulations to my favourite who received a coveted gold!
Hampton Court Show is coming up fast, opening to the public on 8th July 2010 (6th Julyfor RHS members). There is always a wealth of innovative ideas at Hampton and exhibits are traditionally extensive and luxurious. This year my eye has been caught by a therapeutic garden, designed by Fi Boyle Garden Design and built by Cirencester Civil Engineering Ltd.
This garden has been designed to be used by ex-Service personnel undergoing rehabilitation for PTSD and other psychological wounds of Combat Stress. The design is gentle and flowing, with honey-coloured paths complementing the dry stone walling. It embraces the specific needs of its users: the benches are safe, with clear lines of sight and no space for hidden threats such as bombs or ambushes; there are areas for contemplation with reflective water; and the planting is robust yet soothing (no red or orange), with a mix of evergreens and perennials for year-round interest.
The centrepiece is a young oak tree purchased by veterans to replace the one felled at Combat Stress’ headquarters, where the garden will be installed after the show. A very thoughtful piece. This year, I won’t make it to Hampton as Studioni are fully booked with garden studio installations and my help is required in the office. A good thing – I’m not complaining! Best of luck to all exhibitors, hope the sun shines!