With only a couple of weeks before Hampton Court Flower Show opens, we're in the final stages of the build-up. London Stone are supplying five gardens this year and the designers have not only embraced new materials that we've introduced this year, they've also put our Bespoke Stone centre through its paces. Our CNC experts, Akif, Piotr, and James, have been kept on their toes, programming the designs for the machine. Here's a sneak preview of what will be on show.
The Squire's Garden
Squire's are showing for the third time at Hampton Court, this time designed by Catherine Macdonald, who won Silver Gilt at RHS Chelsea this year, and built by Landform Consultants. This Show Garden is aimed at a suburban couple who want something a bit different for their rectangular plot with a place to relax and entertain. Catherine has used a diagonal axis to disguise the overall shape while incorporating squares and rectangles elsewhere in the design. Darleymoor Buff Yorkstone features strongly—six different sizes of paving slabs and three different sizes of steps and stepping stones, with two different finishes—as well as Mint Sandstone cladding, and we can't wait to see the result.
The Witan Investment Trust Global Growth Garden
Designed by Jane Bailey and built by Burnham Landscaping, the Global Growth Garden, in the Show Garden category, has a spiral path placed against the curved architecture of a grass-covered landform and incorporates stone setts of one of our new stones this year, Antique Cream Sandstone. Jane is using soft, relatively unstructured planting, intriguingly of edible plants from all over the world, some of which, like hostas, may not be instantly recognisable as something we'd put on our plate. Cool blues and whites will progress to pinks and purples, culminating in reds, yellows and oranges.
The UNHCR 'Border Control' Garden
In the Conceptual Gardens section, designers Tom Massey and John Ward are asking viewers to question their attitude to refugees, using native and non-native plants to represent people and a central shelter and wildflower meadow surrounded by barbed wire and a moat to represent the safety the refugees desire. Large curved slabs of Darleymoor Buff Yorkstone create a smooth clear path of desire into the protection of the interior, where they have also been engraved.
The Abbeyfield Society – A Breath of Fresh Air Garden
Rae Wilkinson has designed this for the always-popular Summer Gardens category. It's intended for a care home for elderly residents, many of whom have dementia. Built by Outdoor Options, this is the third of our gardens to use Darleymoor Buff Yorkstone. Don't miss one of our new aggregates for this season—the Smooth River Pebbles in the water feature.
Bowel Disease UK Garden for Crohn's Disease
Also in the Summer Garden category, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, this will be a real plant-lover's paradise with a jungly feel, full of exotics that will grow in the warm micro-climate of a sheltered city garden. Creating a contrast to all that lush greenery is one of our newest materials, Sintered Stone. This is incredibly hard and looks superb with a hammered texture. The paving pattern is made up of radius-cut curved slabs created in our Bespoke Stone Centre. We already think they'll cause a stir, so don't forget to look down!