Bournemouth wins Hampton Court silver gilt

Bournemouth Borough Council’s Parks and Gardens department has won a Silver Gilt award at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

'A Very Victorian Fantasy' garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - image: HW
'A Very Victorian Fantasy' garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - image: HW

It is the first time the Council has entered the show. The garden, called A Very Victorian Fantasy, is split in two, one half reflecting the Victorian Gothic history of Bournemouth, the other the lighter, sunnier side of the town, inspired by the Art Nouveau works of Aubrey Beardsley.

Willow fairy and demon sculptures tower over the garden, created by sculptor Stefan Jennings. In the centre is an impressive ‘Open Heart’ marble sculpture, based on a design from pupils at Avonbourne School and sculpted by local artist Andy Kirkby.

"We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award, and it’s a tribute to the entire team’s hard work going back more than a year in planning and planting," said nursery manager Chris Evans.

"It’s been lovely to see the interest the garden has generated from visitors, many asking about the sculptures, colour themes and what has influenced its design. And what’s great, is that we will be replanting it for everyone to see in the Lower Gardens after the show."


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