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A View From The Other Side

Posted by Tony Smith on 10 Jul 2010 at 09:32 PM

I visited Hampton Court Show on Tuesday as a visitor rather than an exhibitor for the first time in 5 years. I have to say it felt strange not to be exhibiting, but at the same time enjoyable not to have the pressure and stress that comes with creating a show garden.

The conceptual gardens were a revelation; by far the most impressive element of the show this year. The quality of both the finishing and the thinking behind the gardens was great to see. Well done to all the conceptual designers for putting on such a quality show. Truly inspiring!

What also made this category so successful was the siting of the gardens, both as a group and in relation to each other. The word that comes to mind is curated.

It certainly puts the pressure on us for the visionary gardens at Tatton. I hope we can maintain the standard!

We start on site on Monday with the digger creating a very large crater 11 meters in diameter and 2 meters deep. Then all we have to do is plant 12,000 lettuces and install one Alien. As my grandmother would have said, money for old rope. Well yes, I agree it sounds very simple, but and there always is a but, experience has taught me that it's often the simplest schemes that are the hardest to get just right.

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