Decorative garden structures company Grange, is celebrating after its sponsored show garden ‘Reflecting Photonics’ won the gold award at RHS Tatton Park. It was also awarded the RHS people’s choice best large garden award.
The conceptual garden was created by designers Helen Elks-Smith and Kate Hart, in conjunction with the University of Southampton’s optoelectronics research centre, to celebrate the United Nations ‘International Year of Light.’ This is a theme which ran throughout the whole event. According to the company, Helen and Kate created the garden to reflect the world-leading research into light-transmitting optical fibre which takes place at the ORC.
The focal point of the entire garden was the Pavilion, the basis of which was a Grange fencing Carousel Pergola. To create the pavilion, the pergola was painted grey and its posts trimmed to give it a sloping roof.
The pavilion was full of fibre optic glass ‘drops,’ which were set into the floor whilst a ‘wave-form’ path led away from the building reflecting light throughout the garden.
Senior Product Manager at Grange Rob Giles said: “We are extremely proud to have been part of such an exciting project and seeing how they have transformed our pergola into a light filled pavilion has been inspirational.
“We would like to congratulate Helen, Kate, the ORC and the rest of the team on their fantastic achievement.”