The Perennial Sanctuary Garden

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden appeared at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July 2017 and was awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt medal.  The garden was designed to raise awareness of Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when they are faced by challenges such as illness, injury, poverty, debt and old age.

The design takes a spiral form, with a changing colour palette of plants that symbolically represent the journey a Perennial client makes as they overcome difficulty with Perennial’s help.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial comments: “Tom’s design for the garden represented the difference Perennial makes to thousands of horticulturists each year, helping them move through tough times to safety. We were very excited to work 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 was planted with a rich mix of plants. At the outer edge vibrant red colours represented inner chaos that can come from being at crisis point. A sweeping gravel path led visitors into the garden where the colour scheme of the planting moved through stimulating oranges and yellows to more restful purples, blues and finally pure green. Towards the centre of the design the planting was also simplified with fewer species used in the mix, leading to a calm sanctuary at the centre with bespoke Yorkstone benches and a large reflective water bowl. Here the planting transitioned to a single species of towering bamboo designed to screen the outside world, creating a safe haven and place for peaceful reflection hidden away from the showground.

The garden was built with the support of Landform Consultants (landscaping), London Stone (paving and benches), Hortus Loci (plants), All Green Group (landscaping materials) and The Pot Company (Corten steel water bowl). 

Photographs by Britt Willoughby Dyer