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The McCarthy & Stone Garden

Designed by garden designer Chris Beardshaw.

The McCarthy & Stone Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2013

The McCarthy & Stone Garden celebrates the wisdom of the older generation, by challenging preconceptions of later life and honouring the experiences of the UK’s growing over-60s population.

The McCarthy & Stone Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2013

Built around a circular structure, the garden encompasses three pathways leading to a hidden sanctuary area, signifying not only the unique ways in which the brain processes memory, but also how it then utilises those memories in day-to-day life.

The McCarthy & Stone Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2013

The garden has been designed to engage visitors with later life experiences via a large head sculpture located within the inner sanctum, which plays audio recordings of retirees sharing their knowledge, experiences, hopes and ambitions for the future. 

The McCarthy & Stone Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2013

Plant list

Woodland Borders
Dryopteris erythrosora
Blechnum spicant
Dryopteris crispa cristata
Asplenium scolopendrium
Luzula sylvatica
Hosta Patriot
Hosta Frances Williams
Hosta Fire & Ice
Hosta Francee
Lilium tsingtauense
Digitalis Lutea
Polygonatum odoratum multiflorum
Juncus effusus
Rodgersia pinnata elegans
Astrantia large white
Aruncus diocus
Cenolophium denudatum
Alchemilla mollis

Sunny Borders
Sanguisorba officinalis Red Thunder
Deschampsia caespitosa Pixie Fountain
Digitalis Glory of Roundway
Pilosella aurantica
Persicaria polymorpha
Dianthus cruentus
Sanguisorba Arnhem
Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'
Dianthus carthusianorum
Actaea simplex white pearl
Orlaya grandiflora
Verbascum blattaria f. albiflorum
Cistus Snow Fire
Foeniculum vulgare atropurpurea
Gladiolus italicus
Deschampsia cespitosa
Cistus cypirus
Cistus oblongifolius
Eryngium giganteum
Campanula trachelium
Astrantia Star of Billion
Erigeron karvinskianus
Digitalis parviflora Milk Chocolate
Agapanthus Northern Star
Penstemon
Wisteria sinensis
Rosa de Rescht
Rosa Charles de Mills
Rosa Cardinal de Richelieu
Rosa Winchester Cathedral
Rosa Burgundy Ice
Peony Bowl of Beauty
Paeonia lact. Wladyslawa

Structural Trees and Hedges
Carpinus betulus
Buxus sempervirens
Betula nigra heritage
Pinus sylvestris
Nothofagus Antarctica
Quercus
Corylus