Designers reflect Bard's influence

Shakespeare provided inspiration for designers at this week's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and runs until Friday.

The Shakespearean comedy gardens reveal five designers' interpretations of the plays and draw on the open-air settings often favoured by the playwright.

The Merchant of Venice, by Michelle Duxbury, centres on a boardwalk of weathered pilings with three large wooden vessels like gondolas. As You Like It, by Anthea Guthrie, uses dappled greys and light greens, wild strawberries and willow.

The Taming of the Shrew, by Yvonne Mathews, presents a vibrant and colourful tableau. Twelfth Night, also by Mathews, incorporates some quirky design elements to reflect the a play defined by mistaken identity.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Jayne Thomas, is represented by trees planted in an Elizabethan-style parterre garden.

Much Ado About Nothing, by Sue Thomas, is based on an Italian orchard with a pool and spiky planting to symbolise the tension between the main characters.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Living walls

Living walls

The benefits of green walls make them worth investigation by all green-space professionals, says Miranda Kimberley.

Business planning - improving productivity through training

Business planning - improving productivity through training

How to create a structured training programme for your staff to give your business a competitive edge, by Neville Stein.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

-Download the Digital Edition

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.

Industry Data

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

Products & Kit Resources

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer