Local landscapers win Silver Gilt medal at Hampton Court Flower Show
PUBLISHED: 14:52 14 July 2014
Hampshire based Hambrooks has won a Silver Gilt medal for its ‘Halo’ show garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Sponsored by The Royal Horticulture Society (RHS)and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) for the category ‘Your Budget Your Garden’, it is part of a scheme to bring to the general public’s attention what is achievable within particular budgets.
Hambrooks Garden Designer Stuart Towner created a Mediterranean themed garden based on the imagery of a classic Greek island with a modern interpretation of the Greek Orthodox Church dome, symbolised by a ring of blue steel. The garden sets out to show how even a small courtyard garden can be theatrical in style yet easily meet today’s lifestyle expectations where outdoor spaces are revered as extensions of our indoor living areas and primarily used for entertaining or for relaxing.
It was featured on the BBC 2 programme RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Thursday 11th July and was praised for its imaginative planting combinations together with the attractive seating areas.
Stuart Towner said, ”It felt wonderful to be awarded a Silver Gilt for my first show garden but the icing on the cake for me is the realisation that I have created something that visitors to the show love because they feel it is real – something they could have for themselves and not just a showpiece and as a designer that’s the very best accolade.”
Managing Director Norman Hambrook says it is great to have these opportunities to showcase garden design for small gardens as it will help to boost the landscaping industry. This is because it demonstrates to the general public that well designed gardens are not beyond their reach.