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The Eye of the Internet Maze

By garden designer Judy Comford. The intention behind this garden is to investigate and portray the problems often faced by older generations when trying to learn IT and internet skills.

The Eye of the Internet Maze Hampton Court Flower Show 2011

The design is based on the font of information, flowing endlessly through time to which we all desire access. It is, however, enclosed in a dark confusing maze consisting of narrow curving paths, defined by small black tangled plants – The "goal" is not visible from the outset of any of these routes and the viewer is faced with constant decisions concerning the right path to choose.

The Eye of the Internet Maze Hampton Court Flower Show 2011

The multiple choices cause apprehension and indecision from the start, emphasising that nothing is straight forward or easy.

The Eye of the Internet Maze Hampton Court Flower Show 2011

Firstly, the Monkey Puzzle trees, rather threatening in themselves, are surrounded by a tangled mesh of Corokia cotoneaster (the "wire netting plant"), serving to hinder progress.

The Eye of the Internet Maze Hampton Court Flower Show 2011

The surrounding small hedges of Buxus sempervirens are indicative of thinking "inside" and "outside" of the box. Surrounding the centre of the eye is Sarcococca confusa, with deep glossy green pointed leaves – yet another barrier and more confusion.