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    Kate Gould wins gold and ‘Best Outdoor Lighting’ at the Singapore Garden Festival

    Kate Gould along with Keith Chapman and Colin Evans have built a show garden at the bi-annual Singapore Garden Festival. Kate teamed up with partner ISS Hydroculture to bring her design to life with hard and soft landscaping. Work began on the 10 July and judging took place on the 20 July.
    Separate seating and lounging areas provide the residents with relaxing spaces. A lightweight pergola covers a calm pool, which shields people using the garden, offering both privacy and shade.
    Materials take their reference from the assumed building facade. They’re intended to be sturdy for year-round use and longevity. A green wall faces into the courtyard to break up the vertical hardscape. Static and moveable screens allow flexibility of use by opening up the space if desired.
    Colourful highlights provided by the pergola and pool add drama to foliage rich planting palette. This is grown in a soil free hydro system to minimise mosquito breeding in small confined residential spaces.

    The Design

    This courtyard space is for the use of a community, living in surrounding apartment blocks. The residents have no access to their own private gardens but can garden here in small numbers or on their own.
    Showcasing small raised beds in different heights as well as hanging planters allow landscapers to garden each area .
    The plants and moving water feature are lit for effect at night. Glow in the dark fabric is used to make up some of the cushions. As a result, electrical input is not required and light pollution is reduced. “I am so pleased at the chance given to be a part of the Singapore Garden Festival and to be able do justice to the show.
    “We are lucky to have worked with such an amazing group of people. They have made our experience, in the extreme weather conditions, so pleasant and to help bring the garden to life in such a short period of time. Each job and show that you complete you learn something from. This one particularly so as the planting palette is unique to its hot tropical environment.
    “We must thank the ISS team who shared their vast knowledge of tropical plants as well as the hydro culture planting system.” – Kate Gould.
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