RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 – Garden #2

The Ecover Garden Designed by Matthew Childs

In 2012, Matthew Childs was awarded gold and Best in Category (Conceptual Garden) for his first ever show garden. In 2013, Matthew is back and obviously means business with a much larger, and very well accomplished garden.

20130719-174704.jpgThe inspiration for the Ecover Garden (Ecover are this years show sponsors) is the fundamental principle that water is life. The aquatic environments upon which we are so dependent, are under threat from pollution, including waste plastics and toxic residues. The Ecover Garden is all about solutions and symbolises ways in which Ecover’s products are sustainable, and indeed can support the recovery of these precious water systems.

A beautiful, full and exuberant planting, reflects the colour and movement of water as it meanders around a gravel path. Strips of brightly coloured recycled plastic and drifts of magenta, purple and white flowers weave their way through the gardening complete harmony with the other elements.

20130719-175134.jpgThe planting of this garden including Agapanthus, Alliums, Gaura, blue geraniums, Salvias and Gypsophila which jostled cheek by jowl, was sublime and truly reminiscent of an established Chelsea Flower Show designer, which must be where Matthew will be setting his sights in the near future.

The unnecessary Ecover toilet cleaner fountain, bottle handle bench and laundry cap lamp, were truly unnecessary, but probably a requirement of the Ecover brief?




Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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