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Garden ideas for gardeners

Posted by Jean Vernon on 10 Jul 2008 at 03:29 PM

 One of the main reasons gardeners and garden lovers visit flower shows is to glean ideas for their own gardens. Most show gardens, large or small, have elements that can be translated easily into domestic plots.

The Homebase Room with a View Garden was designed by Philippa Pearson. Her inspiration were the Rievaulx Temples and Terrace in North Yorkshire. "the garden was built to enjoy and access views of the hillside," she explains. "I was really inspired by the viewing gaps, so I've tried to bring accessing views and vistas on different levels into this garden."


"The message from this garden is that if you go out and visit a garden it is very easy to then translate ideas into your own garden.

"Look at your garden, consider where you are and see if you can borrow features that are around you? Maybe a tree, or a view? Look at the layout of your garden and create a feature from a different level. Put a patio at the bottom of the garden and look back at the garden from there."

"Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is going from strength to strength. It's a joy to work here because there is space to move. I see more and more gardens here that anyone can translate ideas from into real gardens and for me that is what building a show garden is all about."


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