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Gold for local firm

Liphook based, innovative Landscape Design company, Graduate Landscapes, was awarded the coveted Gold award in the concept garden category at Hampton Court Flower Show this week.

Their garden, designed by Dan Lobb, Graduate Landscape’s senior garden designer, is a subterranean world of mushrooms, moss and lichen, revealed only when peering in through rusted steel periscopes.

Landscape Obscured is an ingenious concept designed to comment on 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.

Dan and Tony Richards, MD of Graduate Landscapes, (show in picture above receiving award – left to right) are stunned and absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award.

Dan is still only coming back down to earth after the amazing win but managed to comment that he is elated that the judges found his concept and delivery as enthralling, innovative and exciting as he did. ‘I have lived and breathed Landscape Obscured for months now and it has become incredibly important to me, not just as a project, but as a personal creative challenge and as a real means of communication about a ranges of issues that interest me both as a designer and a horticulturalist. I’m thrilled that my belief in the concept of Landscape Obscured is shared by the judges and their approbation is hugely gratifying’.

Tony echoed Dan’s words, adding, ‘This Gold is an enormous accolade for us. Dan’s design is innovative in the extreme and the entire team has been keenly focused on making his concept a reality. We couldn’t be more delighted with how it has turned out and thank the judges for their commendation. The whole ethos of Graduate Landscapes is to develop functional, attractive and utterly bespoke gardens for our clients and we bring our originality, clarity of vision and skills gained over years of experience to each and every project we work on’.

Landscape Obscured is not a static garden and 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.

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 - the team plan to cook them up and serve them to lucky visitors!

Article posted on: 05 July 2011

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