A Garden of Cornwall arrives at Royal Cornwall
first at this year's Royal Cornwall Show was a show
garden that had been built outside the Floral Marquee in partnership
with BBC Radio Cornwall and the 'Gardens of Cornwall'.
Photo, left to right: Ken Willcock (Chairman of the Floral
Marquee), Tracy Wilson (Duchy of Cornwall Nursery), Christopher
Riddle (Royal Cornwall Show Secretary), Claire Vickers (Gardens
of Cornwall), and Tim Hubbard (BBC Radio Cornwall).
Competition winner, Louise Todd from St Ives has designed
a 'Garden of Cornwall' and this has been created
into a show garden by Alistair Rivers and students of Duchy
College. After Cornwall, the show garden will then be taken
up to London for the BBC Show Garden at the RHS' Hampton
Court Palace Flower Show (4-9 July).
"It is absolutely amazing to see your design transformed
into a living, breathing 'Garden of Cornwall',
each element of my design has been carefully interpreted by
the Duchy College team and the sculpture is magnificent."
The plants are from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and manager,
Tracy Wilson was delighted with the end result: "The
garden really is a wonderfully diverse celebration of Cornish
gardens and the fantastic plants that you can see grown within
the county. I am extremely delighted to be involved in the
project and I am really looking forward to taking the garden
up to Hampton Court."
The garden was originally inspired by Barbara Hepworth's
sculpture garden in St Ives. Louise wanted to take the idea
of the garden one stage further by creating a hot, dry garden
with a circular pebble courtyard to add to the juxtaposition
of contemporary sculpture and lush planting. A traditional
dry stone wall intersects the middle of the garden with a
gate inviting the visitor, having left the rocky beach behind,
to explore onwards.
The sculpture is by local craftsman Malcolm Sutcliffe who
has a studio and gallery based in Penryn, Falmouth. Partly
made from wood once part of Falmouth's historic Queen's
Wharf and hand-blown glass, this contemporary sculpture is
one of the key focal points to the garden.
For further information please contact Claire Vickers of
ADPR on 01872 322871 or 07973 813734.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Cornwall Gardens Development
Project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Louise Todd is available for interview or to be photographed,
please contact: Claire Vickers on: 01872 322871 or 07973 813734
'A Garden of Cornwall' is the result of a unique
partnership not only between BBC Radio Cornwall and The Gardens
of Cornwall but also Cornwall College, the Duchy of Cornwall
Nursery, the Royal Horticultural Society, BBC English Regions,
Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall Crafts Association.
Cornwall Enterprise's Gardens Project is a three year, high
profile, £1.4 million marketing campaign, hosted by
Cornwall Enterprise and funded through the Objective One Programme.
Cornwall Enterprise is the economic development service for
Cornwall County Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable
prosperity for Cornwall.
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