Essex landscape designers to showcase talent at Hampton Court Palace

A talented team of postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design graduates from Writtle College in Essex have created a show-stopping garden for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The creative team of Writtle 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 has created a Shakespearean themed garden entitled “All The World’s A Stage” which depicts ‘The seven ages of man’ and will be on show to the public from July 5 to 10.

Writtle at Hampton Court 2016-1 emailDawn said: “We are really excited to see how the public react to our interpretation of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man. We have created a space that functions as both a garden and a theatre, where the strong planting concept takes centre stage as we invite people to move through the garden.

“For the duration of the show the garden is host to live performances from the innovative ‘Tales retold’, which provides the audience with another means of experiencing the garden. Our journey from Writtle has taken us a long way and now we look forward to seeing everyone partake on their own journey through the garden over the coming weeks.”

Dr Saruhan Mosler, MA Landscape Architecture course leader at Writtle, added: “It is a huge success for our MA students to present a major garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. We support our students to participate in competitions as it is a great experience and learning tool for their careers as landscape architects and garden designers. Students like these are the future of the landscape industry and we should all be embracing their talents and enthusiasm.

“It is a very ambitious and creative design, which again highlights their skills and understanding. I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved already and they were able to apply the knowledge they gained during the MA course through studio tutorials, presentations and lectures. I am very excited to see the garden in full bloom and would encourage visitors to add it to their ‘must-see’ list during the event!”

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.