Peace gardens revealed for Gardening World Cup 2012 showcase in Japan

British Designers have unveiled peace gardens for Japan's Gardening World Cup, which runs from 29 September to 8 October.

Richard Miers' garden for the Gardening World Cup 2012 - image: Richard Miers
Richard Miers' garden for the Gardening World Cup 2012 - image: Richard Miers
Jo Thompson and Richard Miers revealed their peace gardens for the third Gardening World Cup. They join eight of the world’s best designers invited to build peace gardens at Huis Ten Bosch in south-east Japan.

Four entrants, Jo Thompson, James Basson, Kazuyuki Ishihara and Jihae Hwang, were at Chelsea this year.

The event is held in a large replica 17th-century Dutch theme park.

Its proximity is close to Nagasaki, blitzed by an atomic bomb in world War II. The brief is themed on gardens for world peace and was conceived by Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara.

Thompson, returning a second time, said: "My experience last year, where I narrowly missed a gold medal, has helped me to plan this year’s design. The Butterfly Effect garden is my response to the atomic shadows I saw at the Peace Park and museum.

"The intricate and beautiful shadows of leaves and flowers, burnt onto walls by the blast, made me consider the fact that such delicate patterns could be caused by something so brutally ugly."

Event newcomer Richard Miers said: "My garden, Serenity, is a pocket of living green in an urban environment with a very English subtext. There is a symmetry and use of numbers that challenges the way the Japanese think about outdoor spaces.

"The unraked gravel is a practical solution to surfacing on a budget. The herbaceous planting, ferns and moss mounds are however my interpretation of Japanese design so there is an east meets west element to this place."

Visitors to the Gardening World Cup will see work by the best designers from New Zealand, North America, Europe and the Far East. The competitors have two weeks to build their gardens ahead of a televised Oscar style ceremony on 28 September.

Competing designers:

Richard Miers
James Basson
Jo Thompson
Kazuyuki Ishihara
Lim in Chong
Xanthe White
David Davidson and Leon Kluge
Jihae Hwang
Gabino Carballo
Karen Stefonick

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