Silver-Gilt for landscape designers at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

July 2016

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A talented team of postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design graduates from Writtle University College have been awarded a prestigious Silver-Gilt award for their show-stopping garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The creative team of graduates, called Lunaria Landscapes, is made up of talents from across the globe including: Dawn Parke (Ireland), Jasper Kaessmann, Manuel Wehrle (both from Germany) and Cho hee Song (South Korea).

As a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the team created a Shakespearean themed garden entitled “All The World's A Stage” which depicts 'The seven ages of man' and is on show to the public 5 - 10 July.

Team member, Dawn Parke, said: “We are delighted that our work has been recognised by the judges and it is testimony to the knowledge and skills we gained through our studies at Writtle. We have had a great response from the public to our interpretation of Shakespeare's seven ages of man. We created a space that functions as both a garden and a theatre, and visitors to the show are really embracing it.

“Live performances from the innovative 'Tales retold' provide the audience with another means of experiencing the garden. It has been a great experience all in all.”

Lesley Graham, Vice-Principal at Writtle, added: “At Writtle we give our students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to ensure they get on to great careers after graduation. The work at Hampton Court by the Lunaria team is a great example of how our graduates put those into practice.

” I would like to congratulate them for such a tremendous achievement which not only recognises their great work but also the quality of our academic staff who every day deliver high quality education programmes.”

Sponsors/supporters of the garden include: Writtle University College, BuRim, Living Landscapes, Lorberg, Champion Timber, CED Stone Group, Harrod Horticultural, The Beth Chatto Gardens and Tales Retold.