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The World Vision Garden

A meadow of 1,000 Oxeye daisies planted under and around ribbons of turf rising to six feet is sure to amaze visitors to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Award-winning garden designer John Warland has used the 15 x 10 m plot to expand on the stunning World Vision garden that the charity exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show. In the enhanced garden at HCPFS, visitors will be able to walk through the installation and under the five ribbons of turf that have been molded over mild steel.

The World Vision Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

John explains that he chose the daises to represent the purity and innocence of children helped by international charity, World Vision. The spectacular waves of turf, inspired by the unpredictable ups and downs of life, now appear to float above the carefree meadow of childhood below. John, the designer behind the Queen's Coronation Arch at Windsor Castle, hopes that when visitors see the garden it might make them smile, but also contemplate the unpredictability of life.

The World Vision Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

"When communities are hit by natural disasters or outbreaks of disease (such as the Ebola and Zika viruses) children are often the most vulnerable, " says John. "However, World Vision is able to respond immediately and effectively to protect them." John, who was particularly inspired by the charity's work in Sierra Leone throughout the Ebola crisis, explains that the ribbons of turf echo the community and family links World Vision forges through their work.

The World Vision Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

"One ribbon alone is relatively weak, but as a chain it takes on a whole new strength," he says. "The traumatic events of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone are a good example of how a fragmented society torn apart by disease and fear can be slowly woven into a strong and coherent community once more."

Plant List: 

Trees:

Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'

 

Meadow:

Erigeron karvinskianus
Leucanthemum vulgare

 

Hedge:

Carpinus betulus

 

Other planting:

Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow'
Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster'
Argyranthemum frutescens 'Pomonette Pink'
Agastache 'Black Adder'
Verbena hastata f. rosea
Campanula carpatica var. turbinata