A Norman medieval garden drawing inspiration from both sides of the Channel has won a medal at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show.
1066 Country Marketing, based in Hastings, and Normandy Tourism worked together to create Le Clos D’Hastings.
Designed and created by Normandy natives Stéphane Marie, gardener and presenter of the popular French television show, Silence, ça pousse, and Alexandre Thomas of the Agapanthe Garden near Rouen, the idea behind Le Clos d’Hastings Medieval Garden was to re-create a centuries-old landscape.
“We were very pleased to work with our friends from Normandy tourism on this project,” said 1066 Country marketing manager Kevin Boorman.
“And Stéphane Marie is a great fan of 1066 Country, having previously visited the area and featured Great Dixter on his show.”
The bronze medal-winning garden is divided into two sections.
The first represents the ancestral meadows on both sides of the Channel, the second a densely planted area designed like a tapestry, featuring plants from around the world that the English and Normans, with their shared passion for gardening, have enjoyed sharing for centuries.
Upon receiving the bronze medal, designer Stéphane said: “I am very pleased and touched to be awarded the bronze medal for a World Garden.
“The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Shower is a very prestigious event in the gardening calendar and it is truly an honour for me and Alexandre to be here this year.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Normandy Tourist Board and 1066 Country on this exciting project.”
As well as helping provide financial support, 1066 Country marketing staff are on the stand every day throughout the event promoting the area, including its svaried gardens and parks, the 950th anniversary events and the ROOT1066 international contemporary arts festival.
“We also helped decorate the stand, and I’m very grateful to Sue Bower of Nelson Antiques in Hastings High Street who provided a fantastic oak table, two benches and a blanket box,” said Mr Boorman.
“Hampton Court flower show is an incredibly popular event, with well over 100,000 visitors expected over the next few days.
“It is a great opportunity to market our own fantastic gardens and for us to promote the many events that are taking place here this year.”
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