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Liphook based business ‘Graduate Landscapes’ will be making the most of a huge opportunity this summer when they reveal their ingenious idea for a spectacular garden to show to the discerning visitors at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show in July.

Tony Richards, MD of Graduate Landscapes, and his exceptionally skilled team have been working nonstop to develop their garden which is intriguingly entitled ‘Landscape Obscured’

Here’s a little taste of what’s in store…

Those who frequent the annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be aware that the conceptual gardens category is usually original, innovative and thought provoking. The exhibits are supposed to stretch and challenge peoples’ perceptions of what makes a garden, and it is therefore fair to say that this year’s Graduate Landscapes garden fits the bill perfectly.

‘Landscape Obscured’ is the captivating title of the garden and its meaning becomes clear when you realise that the garden is based around a subterranean world of mushrooms, moss and lichen, revealed only when peering in through rusted steel periscopes!

Graduate Landscape’s senior garden designer Dan Lobb has had to find a fresh design approach and learn an array of new skills in order to develop this unique concept into reality. The garden aims to highlight the issue of the effect of human consumption on the environment, by focussing attention on the mushroom which has been badly affected by over-harvesting. Although this is a situation that few may be aware of, it is a pertinent issue which has had the RHS selection panel fascinated already!

The imaginative use of living fungi means that, throughout the week of the show the garden will grow and develop, allowing visitors an ever evolving insight into the lifecycle of the mushroom. Underground lighting via solar panels will illuminate the different forms of fungi, giving the garden an ethereal atmosphere sure to excite and captivate both adults and children alike. Then, at the end of the last day, what better way to illustrate the effect of human consumption on our planet than to harvest all the mushrooms, leaving bare, empty spaces in their wake? But fear not, these fine organic mushrooms will not go to waste and if you happen to be visiting the garden at the right moment, your taste buds may well be in for a treat!

So, with a unique and creative design in place and a sustainable organic mushroom supplier on board (Fundamentally Fungus), it’s looking to be an exciting week at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Landscape obscured garden will be on display at plot TH64 and the Graduate Landscapes team look forward to seeing you there!

Article posted on: 18 May 2011

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