Perennial announces plans for Giving Garden at Hampton Court

The Perennial Giving Garden at this summer's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will highlight the importance of gifts in wills, as part of the charity's work helping horticulturists in need.

Artist's impression of the Giving Garden. Image: Perennial
Artist's impression of the Giving Garden. Image: Perennial

Designed by Frederic Whyte and Darran Jaques and sponsored and constructed by Living Landscapes, this contemporary water garden is billed as a stylish urban space, conceived for a philanthropic professional couple who want to leave a lasting legacy in the form of a garden.

Both Whyte and Jaques are established in the industry and long-term supporters of Perennial. Both have made provision to leave gifts to the charity in their own wills.

Anita Bates, director of marketing and fundraising at Perennial, commented: "We are delighted to be working with Freddy, Darran and Living Landscapes to create a garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 that highlights the work we do.

"None of the wonderful show gardens would be possible without the skilled horticulturists, growers and everyone else in the profession involved in creating them. Perennial exists to support all of those people if ever they face difficult times.

"Thanks go to Freddy and Darran for leading by example and generously promising a gift to Perennial in their wills. Legacy donations form a large and hugely important part of our charitable income and all gifts of whatever size will make a difference."

Water plays an important role within the garden's design, creating a relaxing and inviting ambience. Perennial's influence is evident in various design elements such as the Arts and Crafts sunken lily pond, reminiscent of York Gate Garden near Leeds, and the natural plunge pool by Clear Water Revival, immersed in greenery that evokes the secluded beauty of Fullers Mill Garden in Suffolk.

Paved pathways and entertaining areas aim for an elegant and contemporary streamlined feel, contrasted with a lush and eclectic planting palette. A bespoke pergola for entertaining and relaxing overlooks the rippling lily pond.

This will be Whyte's third garden at Hampton Court. He said: "The huge effort and team work involved in creating this garden is a testament to the vast reservoir of expertise in the horticultural sector, and justified by their collective support of Perennial."

Jaques has been a stalwart fundraiser for Perennial for a number of years as a member of the infamous Grubby Gardeners. He has been involved with numerous show gardens at previous RHS flowers shows and internationally at Philadelphia and Malmo.

Supporters and suppliers for the garden include Living Landscapes as sponsor and contractor, Clear Water Revival, London Stone, Harrod Horticultural, Glendale Horticulture and other small specialist nurseries.

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