GARDEN DESIGN STUDENT DEDICATES GARDEN TO VANISHING SPECIES

July 2010

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Fay Dyke a budding Landscape and Garden designer has entered Hampton Court Flower Show with a striking garden aimed at attracting vanishing moths and butterflies. ‘Mothing Under Moonlight’ is the aptly given name to her garden exhibited in the Inspiring Spaces category – C/198.

Fay took her inspiration for the garden from Sir David Attenborough and his campaign to save numbers of British butterfly threatened with extinction. The 2m x 2m garden with its planting and garden accessories aims to attract butterflies and moths, highlighting the gloriousness of the species.

The garden includes plants such as scented jasmine and lavender, which both physically attract moths and butterflies at all times, while a Yucca filamentosa simply flowers during the day and then at night releases a soapy sent that attracts moths. Also included within the design is a chiminea, which is a garden accessory that once alight will automatically draw moths into its light, reinforcing how simple it could be to accessorise a garden to attract these vanishing species.

Fay has just completed her second year of the BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design course at Writtle College and prior to this she studied on the National Diploma in horticulture at Writtle too. Fay said: “To design with plants is my real passion and with my horticultural experience combined with my design degree I believe I will have the correct knowledge and practical experience to do this well in the future. I designed this garden as I am concerned with the demise of such beautiful species. I hope this garden highlights my concerns and encourages others to see just how simple it can be to create a garden that attracts moths and butterflies. ”

Fay’s garden design has been sponsored by Hanging Garden Nursery, based in Writtle, Essex, where Fay works part-time while undertaking her studies, and has done so for many years. Nursery manager and joint owner of Hanging Gardens, Julie Drake, said: “As a small garden centre, Hanging Gardens takes pride in exhibiting at Hampton Court and representing the County town whilst displaying our excellence in horticulture. We strive to inspire people with our inspiring spaces which can easily be re-created in any small area – we endeavour to brig home gold.”

This is not the first time that the Hanging Garden Nursery have sponsored Fay’s talents at Hampton Court Flower Show, back in 2008 Fay won a Silver Gilt for her ‘British Racing Green’ garden which featured a real life mini car as a prop and part of the exhibit.

Hampton Court Flower Show is open to the public from Tuesday 6 July – Sunday 11 July. Judging day will take place on Monday 5 July.

Pictured – (l-r) William Drake- Manager and joint owner of Hanging Garden Nurseries, Gordon Stuart – garden construction support, Fay Dyke – garden designer and constructor, Julie Drake - Manager and joint owner of Hanging Garden Nurseries