Hampton Court garden promises glimpse of an alien world

A Conceptual Garden planned for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show asks the question: Can a wormhole transport us to an alien civilisation in another dimension?

Artist's impression of the Hampton Court garden 'Wormhole'. Image: Supplied
Artist's impression of the Hampton Court garden 'Wormhole'. Image: Supplied

Garden designer Andy Hyde and special effects artist John Humphreys will stage an enormous sculptural representation of a dying star at the world's largest annual flower show next month.

Scientists recently announced that a wormhole, a hypothetical doorway to another galaxy that forms in the wake of a star's death, could exist in the Milky Way. Films like Interstellar have featured these space-tunnels which researchers claim could safely transport spaceships.

Humphreys said: "I'm so fascinated and passionate about all things time and space and hope our entertaining and theatrical garden will be educational. We want people to come away asking; 'Is time travel possible? Could other worlds exist? Will we meet aliens one day?', and to start really engaging with the idea of wormholes in outer space.

"If our garden was a wormhole, perhaps it would lead to another flower show in a galaxy far away."

The circular garden, which measures 14ft across, is being built by Mudlarks and Hallowed Turf. It features a giant turf pyramid representing the universe encircled by a pool of black water, and a ring of gleaming hot-looking glass rocks and fiery coloured flowers representing a doomed star becoming a black hole.

Holes run through the centre of the pyramid creating optical illusions representing a parallel universe.

Humphreys has worked on films including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dr Who. He is best known for his involvement in the controversial 1990s film 'Alien Autopsy'.

"Although the garden won't be controversial, I do hope it gets people talking, especially young people. If that happens, then we've done our job," added Humphreys.

Show manager Dave Green said: "John and Andy won Best Conceptual Garden last year with 'Equilibrium' so I've no doubt that visitors and viewers are in for a real treat with what sounds like such an exciting, dynamic and awe-inspiring piece of art in the form of a garden. RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is known for championing subjects that get people talking, and I'm sure 'Wormhole' will do just that."

The show features more than 40 gardens covering approximately 5000 square metres. The Conceptual Garden category is now in its 10th year.

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