British designers jet off to Japan for "world's most extraordinary world cup"

British designers Jo Thompson and Richard Miers flew out to Japan last week for an event hailed as the "world's most extraordinary world cup".

Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson

They have ten days to build their garden and will join 13 other designers from around the world creating gardens for the Flowers, Greenery and A Prayer for Peace and Restoration show, which opens to the public at the end of the month.

"The world’s most extraordinary world cup opens to the public on 29 September in south-east Japan," said a spokeswoman for the show at Huis Ten Bosch. "We want to showcase work by the best designers and send out a global message of peace."

All competitors, including David Davison, Gabino Carballo, Karen Stefonick as well as James Basson, Kazuyuki Ishihara and Jihae Hwang were at Chelsea this year and are in Japan by invitation only. All have been given the same, tight budgets.

The gardens will be judged on 28 September by a panel including RHS head of shows’ Bob Sweet. Medals will be awarded at a televised, Oscar style, awards ceremony and best in show will win £4,000.

Huis Ten Bosch, a large replica 17th-century Dutch theme park close to Nagasaki, is a key driver for the overall theme, gardens for world peace’, which was conceived by garden designer Kazuyuki Ishihara.

Last year England’s hopes of world cup glory were dashed by Australian Jim Fogarty, who scooped gold and best in show, a title won by Andy Sturgeon in the first year of the competition in 2010.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business planning - Managing price volatility

Business planning - Managing price volatility

There are options to help you manage the impact of exchange rate fluctuations when buying from abroad, Neville Stein advises.

Sargent's solutions - regulations and legislative requirements underline the professional status of landscape contractors and gardeners

Sargent's solutions - regulations and legislative requirements underline the professional status of landscape contractors and gardeners

Regulations benefit individual gardeners and landscapers as well as the wider industry, Alan Sargent explains.



Customers do not often know about the different leaf colours and shapes offered by hollies, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Horticulture Week Top 50 Landscape and maintenance contractors

See our exclusive ranking of landscape and maintenance contractors by annual turnover. 

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.


Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers

Download your copy

Products & Kit Resources