Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rebuild of a RHS Hampton Court Show Garden. Day 4

 

A very wet but enjoyable couple of days finishing the construction of the suspended tree structure and reflective pool frame and surprise !!, the hanging container is level and at the correct height I must admit a few mistakes were learnt from the original construction of the 'Singing Tree' garden which we built back in June at RHS Hampton Court so things went a little smoother but never the less it was nerve racking when I placed the sprit level for the very first time upon the hanging planter.







You will note that the structure is accommodating a smaller space so the posts are closer together but I still think the structure still works proportionally. Next job is to set up the water feature which is part of the structure and ensure it is tuned correctly with a pleasing sound !!.









I also erected the cimeric abstract art work 'Ocean' by Plymouth based Artist Martin Bush which is sited at the end of an existing path providing an approachable focal point it looks quite stunning when the sunlight catches it looking almost transparent because of the reflective properties of the aluminium sheets and lacquer base that make up the mount for the piece.









Once I have tuned the water feature I hope to start preparing the area for planting using plants from the show gardens and existing plants mainly trees and shrubs.














Thursday, 10 October 2013

Rebuild of a RHS Hampton Court Show Garden.

I am two days into the rebuild of my show garden the 'Singing Tree' which was exhibited at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2013. Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire was one of our main sponsors for the show and the rebuild of the garden at Trentham was part of the sponsorship deal !.

I am quite excited about the build mainly because, one of my pet hates about building show gardens is the destruction of the gardens after each show which as a designer means the destruction of something I have put my heart and soul into only to. This rebuild gives me the chance to see my design again and for many other people to appreciate it because I consider each garden I design and build as a work of art.

For those that didn`t see the 'Singing Tree' garden at RHS Hampton Court, click on the RHS link RHS 'Singing Tree'

So back to today.
 
Now I know it doesn't look much for two days work but most of day one was dedicated to clearing the site and today my blood sweat and tears went into the siting and bedding down of this pool, because there is nothing more unforgiving in showing that something is not level than the natural level indicator of a water line so it is essential this pool is bob on !! or I will never live it down.
 

Post 1 in and three to go, these posts will be from which the suspended tree will be hanging so yet again preparation is important because the weight of a tree is also unforgiving. The ground is also a bit unforgiving on this site so the jimmy bar had to be let loose to break up some hard core laying several inches down each post hole allowing enough depth to accommodate each post.

Day three will dedicated to breaking out more hard core and  the sinking of three other posts which are to be concreted in. Stay tuned for the next instalment.