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Southend Young Offenders 'A Place to Think'

By garden designer James Callicott. A Place to Think’ is an informal garden designed to offer young people a space to talk and reflect.

Southend Young Offenders 'A Place to Think' Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer James Callicott

The relaxed environment enables students to focus and study for exams while also providing a safe and enclosed area.

Southend Young Offenders 'A Place to Think' Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer James Callicott

The combination of warm pinks, shades of purple and cool blues creates a calming atmosphere across the garden. Oak planks are used to create the path and pick up on the stem colour of the Betula nigra, which add height and structure to the space.

Southend Young Offenders 'A Place to Think' Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer James Callicott

Dark steel water troughs break up the planting while a white Carrara Marble sculpture draws the eye to the seating area behind.

Southend Young Offenders 'A Place to Think' Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designer James Callicott

The construction of the garden has given young offenders the opportunity to develop their practical skills throughout the project, as well as improve their confidence by working successfully as a team and individuals.

Plant list

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Verbena bonariensis
Erigeron karvinskianus
Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
Cornus canadensis
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet'
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'
Agapanthus 'Enigma'
Penstemon 'Raven'
Veronicastrum 'Adoration'
Agapanthus campanulatus 'Cobalt Blue'