The Commute

The Commute

The Commute

Located in the tunnels of London Bridge Station, ‘The Commute’ focuses on the people who use the station and encompasses the repetitive routine of commuting to work. People are represented as timber columns, split across the space into the morning and evening rush hour groups, as they march to and from work each day. Tourists and those travelling for pleasure are represented as curved stone tiles, weaving through the workers in unrestricted patterns as they enjoy their days of fun. Plants pop up amongst the commuters, representing hope and happiness unfurling each day during our sometimes monotonous routine. All paths lead to the black reflective pool which is a nod to infinity, as the pool reflects the commute story back at us and shows this continuation, as commuting and moving through the station repeats itself again and again. Using recycled materials from the RHS Hampton Court show, this pop-up garden highlights reuse and sustainability with a range of materials.

Sponsored by Cityscapes, Team London Bridge, and Network Rail

Some photos by Georgina Piper Photography

The Urban Pollinator Garden at RHS Hampton Court 2019

Fusing design, function and wildlife-friendly values, this garden offers a place for the owners to relax, connect with nature, and surround themselves with pollinators, without the pressure of keeping bees themselves. Contemporary honeycomb shapes will feature in the sculptural habitat wall running the length of the garden, packed with twigs and branches for solitary bees, and hexagonal paving will boast bee-printed tiles to identify entrances to underground bumblebee nests. The planting will also encourage pollinators, specifically bees, to thrive, which in turn helps to support a range of wildlife and promote biodiversity.

Bridgewater – Canal, Coal & Craft

Bridgewater – Canal, Coal & Craft

Bridgewater – Canal, Coal & Craft – in association with Salford Council
RHS Tatton Park 2017

This garden represents the urban canal system running through Salford, and it’s regeneration into a place for people and nature to enjoy. Wooden arches represent the canal tunnels, with the predominately orange planting representing the canal water, which due to a high level of naturally occurring iron is orange. The planting style is naturalistic, with grasses and perennials weaving together in and around the wooden arches.

Winner of Best Show Feature at RHS Tatton Park 2017.

Designed by: Tim Denton
Planting Designed by: Thrift Landscapes

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015

A small urban garden that combines wild planting with contemporary hard landscaping. Custom made polished concrete tiles with holes for herbs to grow through allows planting to be controlled by paving. Planting beds containing a combination of ornamentals and UK native wild flowers demonstrates the happy coexistence of cultivated and wild. A multistem UK native Hazel tree takes centre stage above charred oak seating.

Copella Apple Juice 2017

Copella Apple Juice 2017

The Copella Apple Juice Company at RHS Malvern Spring Festival and RHS Hampton Court

These two interactive gardens represented the Copella apple juice company at RHS Malvern Spring Festival and RHS Hampton Court, taking inspiration from their English orchards. Rustic elements including wooden barrels and hay bales link with the feature apple trees, ornamental planting and wildflowers, and Copella deck chairs and camper van provide seating for visitors. The two shows, one in Spring and one in Summer, have representative planting for each of these seasons.

RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016

RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016

RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016

Representing an urban nature reserve, the garden creates a calm space for people to relax in the city and combines nature conservation with human health and wellbeing. Inspired by the hedgerows and wildflower meadows across the UK, the garden aims to highlight their importance as key habitats for wildlife. The clean lines and minimal hard landscaping juxtaposes the wild plants as nature encroaches on the city. The tiles give a twist on grey city paving, the slate are recycled roof tiles, and the rill represents gutters in urban water management. Wildflowers, important for pollinators and wildlife, are woven through soft grasses and ornamentals to bring together natural and cultivated plants. The shallow pond and island seating area give a calming area to relax, looking out across the garden surrounded by wildlife on all sides.

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