One of the Concept Gardens at this years Hampton Court Show, ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’, had a very compelling quality about it. The mix of materials and planting was very succesful, but it was the story behind it’s conception that made it so interesting.
It was inspired by Matthew Childs’ experience of being injured in the 7th July bombings at Edgware Road, London in 2005.
Symbolically, the garden is entered through a narrow opening in a dark wall that leads into a shaded tunnel.
The entrance is clad with reclaimed material and sparingly planted.
As you move through the tunnel there’s a transition to lighter planting with an airy feel to it and the tunnel itself becomes more open.
Here’s Matthew with two people who were in the same carriage as him and also injured in the bombings.
They are very philosophical about their experiences, and great examples of the concept behind the garden of ‘hope and recovery’.
The plants in the photos are:
ferns: Dryopteris filix-mas
pink flowers: Astrantia Buckland
frothy lime-green flowers: Alchemilla mollis
little daisies: Erigeron karvinskianus
all images: Jill Anderson