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Tom Hoblyn

Tom Hoblyn Garden Designer

Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Tom set up a successful garden design company in Suffolk. Last year he won his third consecutive RHS gold medal, this time at Chelsea Flower Show. Work takes him far and wide and he has just returned from India having begun work on a large landscape that forms part of the grounds for a Hindu temple.

  • Date Joined: 10 Mar 2009

When two trees go to Chelsea

Posted by Tom Hoblyn on 26 Apr 2010 at 05:40 PM

I've just got back from visiting my two trees for the show. The search for these two has taken about 10 months, two trips abroad and many miles. I wanted the trees to regionally validate my garden, but link harmoniously to the theme. The fruits of my search are: Quercus cerris - The Turkey Oak, well, you can't get more regionally accurate than that - the garden is Turkish themed i.e. the farm in which Candide finally finds fulfilment was in Turkey - or Constantinople. The tree is majestic and I was able to find one of a stature that can compete with the massive London Planes that backdrop Main Avenue. Secondly, Parrotia persica which is not a million miles from the garden's theme of Candide. But more importantly, check out the limbs on this beauty; its limbs snake and intertwine in an almost orgiastic manner - which is just what I want as it links with my leggy sculptures perfectly. Even the bark is sensuously smooth, I defy anyone not to want feel it, but keep your hand of my sculpture, else I'll throw a bucket of cold water on you.

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