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23 – 27 May 2017
A Touch of France Garden Design
This small artisan garden, sponsored by Surrey County Council and Runnymede Hotel, celebrates a grand event: in 1215 the Magna Carta was sealed under oath by King John at Runnymede, the first legal document imposed upon an English sovereign by a group of his subjects. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
The formal layout is evocative of the gardens of the medieval period. A wattle arbour over a turf bench provides support for climbing plants. Wattle obelisks, raised beds and a fountain – other typical garden features – add to the setting with heraldic pennants and other artefacts. The garden's symmetry also symbolises the new law and order of the time.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's BBC / RHS People's Choice awards – the only vote to be decided by the public.
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