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    First time designer wins Silver at RHS Hampton Court

    The Immerse garden, designed by first-time show garden designer Cherry Carmen and built and sponsored by Living Landscapes, has been awarded a Silver Medal at the world’s largest annual flower show. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opened its doors to the public yesterday, Tuesday 5 July 2016, and all those involved in the garden have enjoyed speaking to visitors about the concept, the planting and impressive water feature and the garden’s links to the UK’s only charity dedicated to looking after horticulturists in times of need. The garden team also enjoyed meeting Perennial’s Royal Patron HRH Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO.

    Speaking about her first time at the show, Cherry Carmen said: “The last two weeks have been unbelievably grueling but equally an incredibly rewarding opportunity for me. It has been a pleasure to work with Tecwyn and his team, all of whom have been generous beyond belief with their knowledge and experience. I am thrilled with the final result and although I have built numerous gardens for clients, this one feels very special. It is slightly surreal to see a design we drew up just a matter of weeks ago finished and being enjoyed by visitors to this most wonderful of flower shows.”

    Immerse Garden Image
    Images by Jonathan Ward, Ginger Horticulture

    Cherry’s design flows with positive energy, capturing a sense of being protected and nurtured, as well as revitalised and inspired. It incorporates an innovative recessed seating area below ground level, with cascading water walls on three sides forming an intimate space for reflection. The hard landscaping supplied by CED Stone Ltd gives this water garden its strong, modern lines, while the unstructured, textured planting adds a comforting softness. Planting on the upper level is grassy, with lots of movement. Plane trees, trained to form a parasol, are under-planted with woodland shade-loving wildflowers. Moving down the steps, there is an abundance of lush, wide-leafed plants.

    Immerse reflects the work of Perennial, the only UK charity that looks after gardeners and everyone who cares for our green spaces when times get tough.

    Speaking about the garden and its reception at the show, Perennial development manager Laura Garnett says: “We have been completely blown away by the dedication and determination of this very strong and dynamic woman. Her design is bold and perfectly reflects her approach to this build and the opportunity that was offered her a matter of weeks ago. Visitors to the show are going to be wowed by this garden, which we feel perfectly represents the way in which Perennial seeks to help, nature and protect its clients throughout the horticulture industry.”

    Of Perennial, Cherry says: “I’ve just completed a second round of chemotherapy for kidney cancer, so I understand the value of the support Perennial can provide. Anyone emerging from illness will understand the need to get back to ‘real life’ and I’m delighted to help highlight the value of Perennial’s work in the way I know best – by painting a story with plants”.

    For more information and images of Immerse, visit our garden microsite here.

    For more information about the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, including opening times and ticket information, please visit the RHS website here. You can vote for your favourite garden in the RHS People’s Choice Award online here.

    The creation of Immerse has only been made possible thanks to the support and generosity of many partners, suppliers and volunteers including CED Stone Ltd, Samuel North, CouCou Design, Griffin Nurseries, Landscape Plus, North Hill Nurseries, Oase, KC Fibreglass, Anglo Aquatics and Verdon Grey.

    For further information about Perennial and its range of free and confidential services for all horticulturists in times of need, visit www.perennial.org.uk

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