New designer wins silver gilt for Squire's garden centres at Hampton Court

Squire's Garden Centres has won a silver gilt medal at this week's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Colin and Sarah Squire in the Natural Tranquility garden - image: Squires
Colin and Sarah Squire in the Natural Tranquility garden - image: Squires
Squire’s Garden Centres has broken with tradition this year in their choice of designer for their exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. For the past 21 years chairman Colin Squire has taken the lead in creating the display garden. This year he asked Ian Hammond, plant manager, from Squire’s Twickenham, to create the garden, recognising his 24 years of specialist plant knowledge.

Squire’s garden, the Natural Tranquillity Garden, is designed to create a space of tranquillity, beauty and scent enjoyable at any time of day but particularly in the evening after a busy day. The garden is attractive to wildlife, using natural materials and plants that are readily available to the gardening public and proven to perform well.

"We’re honoured to receive this award," said Colin Squire, "Ian has done a fantastic job in designing a garden that will inspire amateur gardeners, using plants that he knows perform well and are readily available to the gardening public. We’ve exhibited a garden at the show since it began in 1990 and are delighted to be here again, for the 22nd year, and with a silver gilt medal under our belts."

The garden's emphasis was to create a white garden planned in such a way as to highlight the spectacular foliage and architectural forms of the plants. The brief was that it had to contain ideas that visitors could achieve in their own garden.

The Squire’s Natural Tranquillity Garden can be seen in the floral marquee at the Hampton Court Place Flower Show from the 3 – 8 July.

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