One of the key show gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show this year is “The Journey of life” because it marks the birth of a new style of garden design “Poetic Gardens”, as identified by landscape designer and 2015 gold medal winner, Edward Mairis.
In his 22 Years of designing gardens, Edward Mairis has developed an ever-greater sense of how gardens are places of poetic beauty, where people connect with nature and with themselves in an intimate and sometimes intangible way. This is what he calls “Poetic Gardens”, where each garden is a ‘poem’.
He commented: “The unique thing about this new garden style is that its classification is not solely based upon its visual appearance. The gardens that fall into this style are joined by a common link through the way they connect with your heart in a poetic way. It is beautiful and makes your soul sing.”
Stand out features for visitors to look for include the “Rainbow Sun” a shimmering wall of sparkling acrylic and the “Ancient Olive” tree that represents an old soul and grows out of artificial rocks that look surreal. There are also refined Niwaki (giant Bonsai), a high-tech atrium, compelling GRP furniture and the hydroponic salad towers (How do they grow lettuce in a tower?) All in, it is a wonderland of colour, technology and rare art forms.
This design will not only spark your imagination and make you smile, but it captures the mood of all that is happening in the world. It is bursting with verve, interest and meaning, full of life. It has some high-tech features for geeks to love, with an ambiance that is timeless, provocative and respectful.
Edward Mairis dares to take on the perennial question “what is the meaning of life?” and he hopes that every visitor will leave with an answer, feeling positive and good about life.
“The journey is not mine, everyone who comes to experience the garden will have a special experience, just as they live a precious and unique journey in life”. Visitors will be invited to share their thoughts about how the garden has inspired their poetic nature to win a plant from the garden as a souvenir of the moment when poetic gardens emerged at the flower show.
There will be a ceremonial unveiling at 2.30pm on July 3 2017. Two Theravada Buddhist Monks will bless the garden and the Thai ambassador to the UK will preside over the opening. Then the designer will read the poem that he wrote to accompany the garden.