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Motor bikes and Piranhas

Posted by Jean Vernon on 17 May 2009 at 05:44 PM

 There's been a few firsts at this year's Chelsea flower show, a gnome in the Grand Pavillion, plasticine flowers and a tank full of flesh munching piranhas now grace the Grand Pavillion too. It's all in the name of education and is the result of the persuavive personality of garden designer David Domoney.

 "This piranha hunting ground is showing the interaction of wildlife underwater.
I wanted to put fish in these, all the gardens outside have butterflies and bees and   I asked to include a couple of piranhas. A couple became 15 and now it's a shoal, it's causing some interest but I think Chelsea should be challenging, it should be inspiring and entertaining. Hopefully when the visitors come they see something that's never been done before. We want to highlight the diversity of plant life underwater; in our seas there are 9000 varieties of algae."

Outside in the Urban Gardens Domoney has created what he calls a Biker's Garden. "this is the Hells Angels' garden - it's called Ace of Spades after Motorhead's song, the bikers' anthem. There's a giant ace of spades made out of spades. At my local Wyevale in Stratford, customers brought in old ones and we swapped them for new ones, mine's in there too."

He's used plants and bike parts to create an eclectic design. "We've got lots of dark plants, bike parts for plant supports, tyres used as containers and even a nut mulch. Our tables and chairs made of bike parts like an alien."




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