Perennial Sanctuary Garden wins Silver Gilt at Hampton Court

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden, designed by Tom Massey, has been awarded an RHS Silver Gilt Medal at the world’s largest annual flower show. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opened its doors today (Tuesday 4 July 2017) and the garden has already had a fantastic response from visitors and the media, helping to raise awareness of the UK’s only charity dedicated to looking after horticulturists in times of need.

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. The rich mix of plants blends from vibrant reds and oranges of heleniums, geums and crocosmia at the outer edge through to more restful purples and blues of cornflowers and agapanthus. The visitor follows the winding gravel path into the centre of the garden where the planting is simplified to the pure green of towering, single species bamboo that screens the outside world, creating a calm sanctuary around a large reflective water bowl. This is one of the few gardens at the show that visitors can actually walk through and enjoy the immersive experience.

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

“Tom has done an amazing job designing and creating this beautiful garden and we are sure visitors will be wowed by it. It is great to have platform at the world’s largest flower show to talk to the public and the trade about Perennial and how it exists as a safety net for anyone in the industry should they need it. Huge thanks to our team of partners who have helped bring the garden together.”

The garden forms part of a new category at the show called ‘Gardens for a Changing World’, which aims to highlight some of the issues being faced in today’s world. The Perennial Sanctuary Garden reflects the potential pressures and pitfalls that horticulturists can face and how Perennial is there to offer lifeline if they find themselves in times of crisis caused by challenges such as illness, injury, poverty, debt, disability and old age.

Garden designer Tom Massey comments:

“Hampton Court is a wonderful show and it has been a fantastic experience working with Perennial and seeing my design come to life. Perennial makes a huge difference to thousands of horticulturists every year and it is important that we help raise awareness so that everyone in the industry knows that if they are going through tough times, help is available. Please show your support by voting for us in the People’s Choice award via the RHS website.”

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 as well as The Pot Company, Allgreen Group and Lindum Turf.

Celebrating the launch of the garden on Press Day (Monday 3 July), leading body artist Carolyn Roper painted two models with an eye-catching representation of the garden’s colour wheel of plants.

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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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