Novel garden design show to swop printed 3D models for plants

There will be no plants, shrubs or even soil at the newest garden show to launch next year in London, and the designs are unlikely to win RHS medals.

But award-winning garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Tom Harfleet, along with Swedish designer Kajs Bjorne are hoping their new idea will revitalise the world of garden design.

They are creating the first 3D printed garden-show, appropriately named miNiATURE, to take place at the Strand Gallery in central London between 5 and 8 March.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Best in Show winners Jo Thompson, Adam Frost and Sarah Erbele are also taking part.

Harfleet said: "The concept behind miNiATURE is to create a platform where leading garden designers and landscape architects truly have the ability to create uniquie and ambitious gardens, even if they are in minature.

Currently show gardens provide a platform to engage people with new design but often these can end up as safe and self-limiting due to budget and in order to win a medal.

MiNiATURE aims to change this by giving deisgners an outlet to explore creative designs at low cost through modelling."

Fisher Tomlin said garden designers had so far underutilised 3D printers but he thought they could be an excellent resource.

Before their invention expensive models had to be crafted by hand and so were little used.

The show's lead sponsors are specialist 3D printers Hobs and The London College of Garden Design, where Fisher Tomlin is a director.

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