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Garden designs at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2007

3rd to 8th July 2007: The standard of garden design at the Hampton Court Flower Show is definitely improving. In past years the gardens have too often been small enclosures, almost floating in a sea of grass. But in 2007 there are some really good garden designs. Our favourites were the Hadlow College garden, the Department for Education and Skills Garden by Chris Beardshaw and the Mount Venus Nursery Infinity garden by Oliver & Liat Schurmann. It might be a good idea to create a Garden Design Avenue in the show layout, because it is natural to arrange gardens as though on a street.

 
The Growing Schools Garden - Learning Outside the Classroom, designed by Chris Beardshaw, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007 The Growing Schools Garden - Learning Outside the Classroom, designed by Chris Beardshaw, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007
This garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw for the Department for Education and Skills. After the show, it is to be rebuilt at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as a permanent education resource. The garden received the Tudor Rose award for best show garden. We enjoyed the garden and it is fun for children but it lacks a strong design theme.

 

Mike Harvey, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007

Designed by Mike Harvey, The Unwind Garden has a seating area on an elevated deck giving views of the planting and circular pool.

 
Life Long Living, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007 Life Long Living, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007
Life Long Living was designed by Alison Page, Rachel Prior and Toni Rae. The garden was planted to attract insects.


Mange Tout, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Mange Tout, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Mange Tout is a decorative vegetable garden and, as the name suggests, almost everyting in the garden can be eaten. The garden won a silver medal.


Infinity, designed by Oliver & Liat Schurmann, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007 Infinity, designed by Oliver & Liat Schurmann, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007
Designed by Oliver & Liat Schurmann, Infinity consists of a series of concentric circles on different levels - a circular path, circular swimming channel, circular reed bed and a circular sunken patio in the centre.


Full Frontal, designed by Heidi Harvey & Fern Alder, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007 Full Frontal, designed by Heidi Harvey & Fern Alder, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007
Full Frontal, sponsored by Hadlow College and designed by Heidi Harvey and Fern Alder, offers a solution for how a front garden can meet modern demands for the practicality of off-road parking without compromising aesthetics or the environment. The hard surface is permeable crushed concrete and plants used support wildlife by providing food and shelter.