Conceptual Gardens at Hampton Court11th July 2010 • Hampton Court Flower Show • Stephanie Donaldson
I like these gardens – they make you think and react – they are not something you would ever want to recreate in your own garden, but they are a great addition to the Hampton Court Show.
‘Hearts & Minds’ was designed as a memorial to fallen British soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan, with olive trees symbolising peace.
‘Supermodel’ was a willowy thin garden for obvious reasons while the Japanese designed ‘Journey to Awakening’ is a contemporary take on a Zen garden.
‘Forces of Nature’ was the most accessible in this category – the leaning trees with the willow figure straining to push one upright were self-explanatory.
‘A Fable for Tomorrow’ represents a Cornish seedbank that has split open allowing seeds to escape and germinate in the sand dunes.
‘The Pansy Project’ won the medal as the best conceptual garden. The shattered concrete slab represents the effect of homophobic hate crime, while the pansies symbolise the Pansy Project’s resistance to it.