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In June 2018, we built our first RHS show garden: ‘Brilliance in Bloom’ at Hampton Court Flower Show.

This provided an opportunity for us to test our abilities at the largest flower show in the world, with the country’s top landscapers. We were very lucky that the design was all taken care of by Charlie Bloom, so we just had to make the dream a reality! And we started with 40 sqm of blank canvas:
a blank slate at Hampton Court Flower Show
Five days later, we had this:
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It was not without its challenges, but the final product was worth it – and the judges awarded it a silver.
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Show gardens are not what we normally do – they are temporary, for ticket-payers only and aim primarily to please judges. The opportunity to build this garden was presented to us at the last minute. If we didn’t build it, nobody would – and we wanted to make everyone’s hard work and ambition a reality…and to test ourselves at the top level. In the process, we made new friends and learned a lot. But the praise of the public was really for the design – the brave and bold colour combinations; the incredible steel sculptures & fountain; and the mosaic at the heart of the garden. We were very lucky to be able to make that vision a reality.
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The project was only possible because of the amazing people involved, who donated huge amounts of time and materials for free:
Charlie Bloom – designer
Stark & Greensmith – steel panels & fountain
Simon Probyn – sculptures
Nickie Bonn & Art4Space – mosaic & logistics
Action Now – hard landscaping
Palm Centre – plants

Plant List:
We list here the plants on show in the garden – not all cultivars are listed sorry.

Ilex crenata ‘Glory Gem’

Taxus baccata 

Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Castlewellan Gold’

Phyllostachys aurea

Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Deschampsia cespitosa

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’

Verbena bonariensis

Agapanthus ‘Blue Umbrella’

Helenium ‘The Bishop’ and ‘Wyndley’

Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Wine’ and other cultivars

Persicaria affinis

Cosmos bipinnatus

Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’

Erigeron karvinskianus

Carex testacea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Incrediball’

Campanula lactiflora

Astrantia major





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