Many congratulations to Australian landscape designer Jim Fogarty (pictured above) for winning a Gold Medal and the coveted the Best Show Garden award at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with his Essence of Australia garden. Using Hortus Loci plants, the garden successfully unites a contemporary design with the native flora of Australia. Several other gardens, based on Hortus Loci plants, also caught the judges’ eye. Paul Martin’s Vestry Wealth’s Vista garden won Gold as did the Conceptual Gardens of Nilufer Danis (Wrath) and Amanda Miller (Pride). Silver-Flora Medals were also won by Selina Botham for her Jordan Cereals Wildlife Garden, Becky Govier for her Macmillan Legacy garden and Rachel Parker Soden for her conceptual garden entitled Lust. We salute them all!
Hortus Loci’s world of plants
Pushing the horticultural boundaries, once again, we’ve supplied over 20,000 plants to this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to top garden designers creating a wide range of different gardens from all over the world.
The Essence of Australia garden designed by Jim Fogarty in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, was his first garden for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This laid-back, eco-friendly design was inspired by the mythical rainbow serpent that’s an iconic dreamtime creature from Aboriginal culture. Making use of recycled materials, the garden included a snaking deck walkway though an arid landscape of burping pools which are activated by tweeting #EssenceofAus. All planted with native flora supplied by Hortus Loci, that featured six varieties of Anigozanthos, several Grevillea, Ozothamnus, and Westringia, as well as Callistemon and Eremophila. Recycling doesn’t stop there, Jim explained: ‘We are delighted that all the plants will be donated to Kew Gardens after the Show’
Vestra Wealth’s Vista garden, designed by Paul Martin, offered a smart, modern solution for a contemporary garden. Using changes in levels, the design cleverly incorporated a large dining terrace alongside an airy copse of multi-stemmed trees under-planted with swathes hostas and other shade-loving perennials – with a raised rill adding the soothing murmur of water. Backed by a pleached hedge, the light yet secluded al-fresco eating area was supported by colourful borders packed with Hortus Loci plants including drifts of agapanthus, verbena, nepeta and lavender giving a calming white, blue and purple pallet. Serene, yet stunning.
In the Conceptual Gardens within the Inspire Zone at the Show, designers were challenged to create gardens that explored the seven deadly sins. Amanda Miller’s Stonewall Garden: Breaking Down the Walls of Pride drew a lot of attention. Inspired by her own experiences as a young gay woman growing up in small-town Australia, the garden represented the journey from the constraints of old-fashioned beliefs to a life of freedom. Using Hortus loci plants, she depicted the transition from darkness to full colour in her memorable design.
We really liked Rachel Parker Soden’s Lust garden that was inspired by the quote from the cult black-comedy film Withnail & I: ‘Flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees.’ Her design explored the relationship between the perception of beauty and function of flowers. A cobbled path over a canal stream lured the casual gaze towards a glass room. This was filled with exotic flowers, complete with a glowing red ‘Peep Show’ neon-sign that showcased the seductive nature of plants. All surrounded with flamboyant plantings of Hortus loci perennials in sizzling shades.
The theme of Wrath& Anger was tackled by Nilufer Danis in her dramatic interpretation of the natural destructive power of a volcano. A theatrical production was achieved using smoke, sound, light and colour. A cunningly lit, smoke-belching crater, built from recycled coal dust and clinker, was spectacularly planted using a graduated colour scheme changing from hot shades, representing fire and glowing larva, to dark colours – symbolising cooling volcanic ash. A dramatic show-stopper of a garden!
Other garden designers using mostly Hortus Loci plants at this year’s Show included Selina Botham for her Jordan Cereals Wildlife Garden (pictured left), Becky Govier for her Macmillan Legacy garden (middle) and Catherine MacDonald for her Hartley Botanic display (right).
Show Gardens based on Hortus Loci plants are wowing judges and visitors alike at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. At every corner of the showground there were Hortus Loci trees, hedging, perennials and grasses bringing the Show to life. We had planned to supply the plants for four Show Gardens: Cleve West’s M&G garden (winning Gold); Hugo Bugg’ Waterscape (also Gold); Matthew Childs’ Brewin Dolphin garden (Silver-Gilt); and the Cloudy Bay garden by Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson (Silver-Gilt). However, other garden designers were so impressed with the quality and size of our plants during the build-up to the Show that Hortus Loci plants became an essential ingredient of many more. These included the trees and hedging on Charlotte Rowe’s No Man’s garden (winning Gold), as well as many perennials on the Rich brothers’ Vital Earth garden (Silver-Gilt), the Garden for the First Touch at George’s by Patrick Collins (Silver-Gilt), and the Positively Stoke-on-Trent garden by Bartholomew Landscaping (Silver-Gilt). We also helped out with over 20 trade stands and other exhibits, including Hartley Botanic, which won best Trade Stand with a garden created by Landform using Hortus Loci plants. We congratulate them all!
Hugo Bugg became the youngest ever Gold Medal winner at this year’s Show
Silver-Gilt winning Cloudy Bay garden by Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson
Hugo Bugg is the name on everybody’s lips at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show after becoming the youngest ever Gold Medal winner – with a Show Garden crammed with Hortus Loci plants. Hugo is the ascending star of garden design, picking up many accolades and admirers along the way, including being named the RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2010 and scooping a Gold Medal at Hampton Court Palace Show a year later. Hugo is chuffed to bits with his success: ‘It’s amazing! Fantastic!’ he said, but is keeping his feet firmly on the ground – determined to make a success of his garden-design business in Exeter. His 2014 Chelsea garden, called Waterscape, illustrated practical, sustainable solutions that can be applied to any garden. Different gradients replicated nature’s way of regulating water flow and encouraging filtration, while layered geometric shapes created intriguing glimpses and angles to delight and tease the casual viewer. Cooling recessive blues, lime-greens and yellows were the predominant colours in the planting scheme with a memorable swathe of iris ‘Gerald Darby’ at its heart. It was sensational success!
Hot-foot from the huge Rådhusparken landscaping project in Umea, Sweden where he’s using a wide range of Hortus Loci plants, Ulf Nordfjell is hard at work creating a comprehensive landscape design for our new wholesale and retail areas. The redevelopment, to be completed over the next few years, features a large Alitex glasshouse for functions and displays, a Croatian-style log cabin to house the new main office and a café-style coffee shop forming the hub of a redesigned retail Plant Centre. Together they will form the perfect shop window for Hortus Loci’s unrivalled range of trees, perennials, shrubs and other plants.
Whitewater Plant Centre’s Adam Hawking stars in this week’s Horticulture Week where he reveals the trials and tribulations of working in the garden retail trade. He explained how he got started in the industry and what his typical day involved. He said he was particularly proud of being part of the team that transformed the old nursery into a thriving Plant Centre. When asked what advice he’d give to others starting out, he said: ‘Do whatever you can to keep learning. You will never know everything, but knowledge is the key.’
Garden designers at this year’s RHS shows up and down the country have had such a successful year using Hortus Loci plants that we have won at least 1 Gold at every event in the gardening calendar (apart from Cardiff where we had no designers exhibiting).
2013 Gold Medal Accumulator…
· Malvern Show: 1 Gold
· Chelsea Flower Show: 4 Golds
· Hampton Court: 4 Golds
· Gardeners’ World Live: 1 Gold
· Tatton Park: 1 Gold
…not to mention our 5 Best in Show awards!
It’s great to see that so many of the garden designers who chose Hortus Loci to supply their plants, struck Gold at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The Best Show Garden award went to the Ecover Garden (pictured right) designed by Matthew Childs using Hortus Loci plants. This spectacular contemporary design explored the importance of water and how aquatic environments are under threat from pollution, notably plastic. Cliff-like monolithic walls provided the perfect backdrop to meandering plantings through gravel, interweaved with strips of plastic. Recycled materials were used imaginatively throughout.
Catherine MacDonald’s Desolation & Regeneration garden (top pic) that explored the aftermath of a forest fire, really caught the judge’s eye – winning a Gold Medal and the best Conceptual Garden prize. She used contrasting, strong, architectural distressed features made from metal a wood, alongside soft, naturalistic planting of perennials and grasses, to represent nature’s restorative powers. For added impact, the garden was created as a walk-through experience to stimulate the senses using sound, movement and colour from hot, fiery shades to refreshing greens and whites.
Ruth Marshall achieved a similar feat in the Summer Garden category, winning Best in Show and a Gold Medal for her Cool Garden (pictured left), designed to provide a private and restful space for all the family to enjoy. Cool running water rills and other decorative elements are set off perfectly by a lush under-planting of our perennials and ferns.
The McCarthy & Stone Garden (pictured left), designed by Chris Beardshaw, was another Gold Medal winner featuring predominantly our plants. Built round a circular structure with a giant head sculpture, the garden offered three pathways leading to a hidden sanctuary area to celebrate the wisdom of experience of the UK’s growing over-60s population.
Other gardens featuring Hortus Loci plants, that also impressed the judges, included the Silver Medal winning Macmillan Legacy Garden designed by Rebecca Govier, The Hot Stuff Garden by designed by Victoria Truman and Liz Rentzsch, The QEF Garden for Joy by Heather Appleton and the Vestra Wealth’s Jardin du Gourmet by Paul Martin.
Our heartiest congratulations goes to them all!
Gardening celebrities design planters using Hortus Loci plants
Ecover has also sponsored a competition at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show where eight gardening celebrities pit their creative wits to design inspirational planters using Hortus Loci plants. Jekka McVicar, Annie Guilfoyle, Pippa Greenwood, Anne-Marie Powell, Adam Frost, Matthew Wilson, Toby Buckland and James Alexander-Sinclair have all contributed to the competition. The planters will be on display in the Inspire Zone throughout the Show, after which they will be donated to community-based projects.
At this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hortus Loci have been the first port of call for many garden designers. If you are visiting this year’s event, check out the ‘Inspire’ section, to see how Chris Beardshaw celebrates the wisdom of experience in his McCarthy & Stone garden using our plants. And don’t miss Matthew Childs’ Ecover garden which examines the sustainability of modern life with rivers ofHortus Loci perennials. In the ‘Conceptual’ section, you can see how Catherine Macdonald’s garden explores the two phases of forest fire; desolation and regeneration with some of our hottest colours. In the ‘Escape’ category, more Hortus Loci wares are on show in a range of gardens including Becky Govier’s Macmillan garden which traces the uncertain journey of a cancer patient, while Paul Martin delivers a productive contemporary garden using our plants entitled Jardin du Gormet and Ruth Marshall unveils her spa garden for all the family.