There were some exciting features at the 2014 show, created by some of our show sponsors
Get a Taste for New England was a celebration of the wetland home of Ocean Spray cranberries created by Charlotte Murrell for Ocean Spray in Escape. This feature merged the traditional with the contemporary to bring the story of the vibrant scarlet berry to life. Stunning water features evoked the glorious New England cranberry wet harvest, while sweeps and swirls of wetland planting led to a farmer’s tool shed, where you could sample a drink or snack. The feature was the perfect complement to the spectacular floating Ocean Spray cranberry harvest display on the Long Water at this year’s show.
The Visible Garden sponsored by Viking Cruises demonstrated ways in which gardeners can attract wildlife into their gardens. Designed by Stephen Hall Designs and located in Escape, the feature was divided into two distinct areas: one area filled with native plants and managed for wildlife, while the other area included ornamental plants and was planted to attract wildlife. The design demonstrated that both native and non-native plants can be used to benefit wildlife, demonstrating the work of the RHS Plants for Bugs project.
TV presenter David Domoney designed The Quiet Mark Treehouse & Garden by John Lewis, created in association with Panasonic and Lexus. This peaceful treehouse feature in Escape had a tranquil forest setting where the sounds of nature and wildlife could be enjoyed to the full. The feature was also a haven for wildlife with a bee wall, houses for solitary bees and wood stacks for frogs, toads and hedgehogs.
The Lest We Forget Garden designed by Steve Mann marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. This feature in Grow was inspired by Remembrance Sunday services and was designed to remember the generation who fought in the war. The feature included a recreation of the trenches and landscape of the Western Front, along with a working tank and actors playing the roles of soldiers. This feature was complemented by a poppy-making activity by The Poppy Factory and a First World War-themed scarecrow competition (also in Grow).