RHS Hampton Court Living Landscapes project "runaway success"

Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and Landform Consultants managing director Mark Gregory has said bringing live landscaping to a flower show was "a runaway success."

Phil Tremayne of the APL landscapes while James Steele-Sargent of Arun Landscapes explains the process - image: HW
Phil Tremayne of the APL landscapes while James Steele-Sargent of Arun Landscapes explains the process - image: HW

Gregory had the idea to show visitors to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (8 - 13 July) what went into creating the perfect garden – right in front of their eyes.

The Landscaping Live concept was a first for the APL and also the RHS and was part of the Low Cost High Impact gardens in the Inspire section of the show.

The live demonstrations showed two gardens, created in front of a house facia and designed to represent a typical front garden.

One showed a garden which had been professionally landscaped in the two days running up to opening while next door a similar garden was the site of 15-minute demonstrations on how to lay turf, plant trees and shrubs and lay decking during the show.

The garden was designed by Gregory, constructed by Arun Landscapes and planted by Claudia De Yong with the help of Paul Baker of Holland Landscapes and Phil Tremayne of the APL.

Hortis Loci provided the plants, which included Pittosporum tobira nana, Dianthus Cruentus, Astrantia Florence and Rosa Seagull in a running theme of white and blue with a splash of deep red.

The APL’s Phil Tremayne oversaw the six daily demonstrations in collaboration with Landform Consultants, Arun Landscapes, Garden House Design, Holland Landscapes, Arbour Design and Build and Claudia De Yong Designs. 

Gregory said: "Landscaping Live was a runaway success with the public as they could immediately connect with the two contrasting gardens in front of them, realising that a beautiful garden is within their reach. 

"The event also did wonders for promoting the APL brand to the consumer and we hope that this will be their first port of call when choosing an accredited landscaper."

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