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Enchanted Garden

Posted by Jean Vernon on 05 Jul 2009 at 05:05 PM

I haven't seen all of the gardens at this years Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, but there are several that have really caught my eye.There are some fabulous colour schemes and planting combinations within the show gardens in particular.


Enchanting Escape is delightful. It's predominantly a shade garden but it is planted luxuriously with a real pink and fluffy feel to it.

Centre stage is a hand crafted four poster bed, covered in rich pink covers.  

" It's basically a garden for decadent relaxation with a fairy tale quality to it," says garden designer Niki Palmer. "I'm hoping it will bring a smile to people's faces. It's top quality material with dense, fluffy planting that appeals to somebody with a love of plants and craftsmanship and perhaps a little bit of an eccentric."

It was initially aimed at women but the men appreciate the planting as well. My brief was to use a new Stonemarket product, and I used the swirl paving. I love the water feature, it's an antique brass bowl from India, the yew spirals are fantastic and the Myburgh swings."

"In these stressful times this is a garden to forget all that, to enjoy it and relax, a bit of self-indulgence. If everyone who walks past smiles at it I'll be happy.
It's a garden that's a little but quirky I like the fairytale element of it."

Everything in the garden is borrowed or will be recycled after show. "Everything is for sale if someone wants to buy it, but if they don't there are homes waiting for it. And the bed, if we don't sell it that will be living in my garden," adds Niki.


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