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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 Q&A – Gardens for a Changing World – Brownfield

In his first garden at Hampton Court, Martyn draws inspiration from Landschaftspark in Germany and the High Line in New York, exploring regeneration, and incorporating post-industrial heritage in the design. This garden is sponsored by St Mowden Properties PLC, the contractor is Keyscape Design & Construction Ltd and the plant supplier is Hortus Loci.

Q&A with the garden designer, Martyn Wilson:

What do you anticipate the biggest challenge of the build to be?

The logistics of getting the various steel structures to the site, and lifted into place — but first, we need to get the footings poured and ready, with concrete donated by EasyMix.

What are the stand out feature(s) of the garden?

The tall steel sculptures and rings loaned to us by sculptor Simon Probyn, the five Corten steel walls on loan from The Pot Company and, excitingly, a piece of street art being created by international street artist Louis Masai.

Are there any new/unique plants visitors should look out for?

We are hoping to evoke the feel of a brownfield site and, where possible, will include self-seeded pioneer species — both native and non-native — so we hope to have Betula pendula, Asplenium scolopendrium, Daucus carota (wild carrot), cornflowers, poppies and grasses, to name but a few.

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