RHS Tatton Park Flower Show
We were approached by the North West Alzheimer's Society to create a show garden at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. This was to help raise awareness of their amazing work in the region.
First of all we decided that it had to be a large garden to create the most impact, despite the very tight budget. It was to be a space for quiet reflection so was given the name 'Remember to Reflect'. Somewhere to reminisce and seek inspiration and pleasure in the simple joys of nature. It is a garden for the carer of someone living with Alzheimers to sit on their own. Or for a carer and patient to sit quietly together.
The choice of materials is kept to a minimum to keep the overall design simple and sophisticated. Planting was chosen to contrast with the modern simplicity of the hard landscaping; it is exuberant and naturalistic. Grasses were used for their fabulous texture and movement with the colourful flower heads of tall perennial sfor contrast.
A Reflective Pool
A dark, reflective pool emphasises the reflective nature of the space. The pool introduces the cool and calming qualities of water. Large stepping stones across the water appear to float on the surface.
A Gold Medal
We and the team from Alzheimers Society were absolutely delighted when the garden was awarded a Gold medal. All the hard work of everyone involved from the landscape team to the volunteers who helped to plant up and then man the stand paid off.