The Small Gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show9th July 2010 • Hampton Court Flower Show • Stephanie Donaldson
The scale of these gardens means that they are an excellent source of inspiration for our own gardens. Among the details that caught my eye was the ivy panel in a timber wall  in the ‘Urban Serenity’ garden.
In the ‘It’s Only Natural’ wildlife garden a curved wooden bench doubled up as a log habitat for insects.
This garden was alive with bees and hover flies so the designer clearly knew what he was doing.
Hadlow College’s ‘Food 4 Thought’ deservedly won the Best Small Garden medal. Beautifully designed and planted with a mix of ornamental and edible plants I was particularly taken by the table with a central trough in which strawberries were growing.
‘A Lost Loved Garden’ was a garden gone wild with abandoned metal bedheads artfully arranged and an attractively dilapidated shed. It was well done and I did like the detailing.
The ‘Garden Lounge’ stopped me in my tracks. I’m not sure that I liked it (too elaborate for my taste) but the craftsmanship was extraordinary. The slate lamps were a tour de force and the quality of the hard landscaping was stunning.
‘Food For Thought’ (different spelling and a different garden) had created an attractive log wall. Maybe I’m drawn to these because I do admire nicely stacked logs and do my best to create something similar in our own log store.