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The Copella Bee Garden

Copella has joined forces with award-winning landscape designer, Sadie May Stowell, to raise awareness of the plight of the British bee.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

‘The Copella Bee Garden’ highlights the topical issue of bee decline in the UK. The garden is designed from a bee’s point of view and showcases a supporting environment for bees, whilst educating the public about the things they can do to help the British bee.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

The Garden is designed to attract and support honey bees - the layout of the space taking inspiration from the rhythms of the bee’s ‘waggle dance,’ whilst the overarching concept reflects the journey from plant to hive.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

An interactive sculptural building, based on a natural bee hive, will be encompassed by rolling earth banks resembling ridge and furrow patterns. Dessert apple trees and native shrubs establish strong structural shapes throughout and a winding path weaves its way through the garden creating strong curving shapes. A still pool echoes the curvilinear design of the central seating area. Planting has been chosen to attract bees and includes herbaceous areas, a wildflower meadow and a clover lawn.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

All the plants in the garden have been specially selected to attract bees. Dessert apple trees will create strong shapes throughout, whilst herbs such as Hyssop, Lavender and Oreganum amongst other herbaceous perennials will be interwoven with bee attracting annuals like Phacelia tanacetifolia.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

Sadie initially trained in Fine Art, where she started to explore colour, texture, form and shape through the use of paint and textiles. Basing her work on natural forms and plant material stimulated her to move on to explore the three-dimensional aesthetics of landscape design. She has exhibited at the Malvern Spring Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where she was awarded an RHS Bronze Medal.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 The Copella Bee Garden

Plants list

Click on any of the green highlighted plant names below to read more and to add to your own plants list.

Shrubs & Trees:
Acer campestre  
Corylus avellana 
Malus domestica ‘Starking’ 
Malus domestica ‘Golden Pearmain’  

Perennials:                       
Agastache ‘Black Adder’               
Anthemis ‘Sauce Hollandaise’               
Deschampsia cespitosa               
Geranium ‘Mrs Kendall Clarke’            
Hyssopus officinalis                
Lavandula ‘Grosso’               
Melianthus major                   
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’               
Origanum ‘Rot Kugel’                   
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’               
Scabiosa ‘Chile Black’               
Stachys byzantina                    
Stipa gigantea                   
Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’                   
Trifolium rubens                   
Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’               
Verbena bonariensis                   

Annuals:                   
Ammi majus   
Cerinthe major                   
Helianthus debillis ‘Key Lime Pie’ 
Orlaya grandiflora               
Phacelia tanacetifolia

Designed by Jay Dawson