Perennial announces Sanctuary Garden for Hampton Court

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden at this summer’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will raise awareness of the only charity dedicated to supporting everyone in the horticulture industry. Designed by Tom Massey, who won an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at Hampton Court last year with his first ever show garden, it is part of a new category at the show – ‘Gardens for a Changing World’.

The design takes a spiral form, with a changing colour palette of plants to symbolically represent the journey a Perennial client makes as they overcome difficulty with Perennial’s help. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help when they are faced by challenges such as illness, injury, poverty, debt and old age and many describe the help Perennial offers simply as a ‘lifeline’.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial comments:

“Tom’s design for the garden represents the difference Perennial makes to thousands of horticulturists each year, helping them move through tough times to safety. We are excited to be working with a great team of partners from across the industry to bring this garden together and showcase the best in British horticulture.”

The spiral shape of the garden is planted with a rich mix of plants. At its outer edge the vibrant red colours represent the inner chaos that can come from being at crisis point. As the visitor takes the journey into the garden following a winding gravel path, sounds from outside of the garden fade. The planting becomes taller and more immersive and the colour scheme moves through stimulating yellows and oranges to more restful purples, blues and finally pure green. Towards the centre of the design the planting is simplified, leading to a calm sanctuary at the centre of the garden with bespoke York stone benches and a large reflective water bowl. Here the planting changes to a single species of towering bamboo that screens the outside world, creating a safe haven and place for peaceful reflection hidden from view.

Garden designer Tom Massey comments:

“The garden uses a beautiful array of plants to celebrate the powerful effect plants can have on wellbeing. Each swathe of colour represents a different emotion or state of mind and each shows how Perennial’s practical help and advice can be the difference between sink and swim for those who have nowhere else to turn. It is a reminder that Perennial is here to provide a safety net for all of us in the industry if ever we need it.”

Tom was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ last year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden, designed in collaboration with John Ward. It highlighted the refugee crisis and received wide-ranging media attention for its topical theme.

The team behind the garden also includes multiple gold medal winning contractor Landform Consultants, as well as top British suppliers including nursery Hortus Loci and stone paving specialists London Stone.

New for 2017, theGardens for a Changing Worldcategory reflects the more sustainable direction gardening is taking worldwide and provides the opportunity to highlight thought-provoking issues facing modern living. The Perennial Sanctuary Garden reflects some of the potential pressures and pitfalls that horticulturists face in today’s world with Perennial there to help if things go wrong. 

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Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.

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Tom Massey has run his landscape and garden design practice from a base in Richmond Upon Thames since graduating from the London College of Garden Design in July 2015. Tom graduated with distinction and the coveted ‘External Judge’s Prize’; an award given by RHS Gold Medal winning designer Jo Thompson, who praised his work for its scope, ambition and individual style.

Tom was included in Pro Landscaper magazine’s inaugural ’30 Under 30’ in 2015 and he won both the residential and commercial design categories of the ‘Society of Garden Designers – Student Awards’ in 2016. In July 2016 Tom was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at his first time exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden, designed in collaboration with John Ward highlighting the refugee crisis.

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