BLOOMIN’ MARVELOUS

What an exciting day to attend the celebration of 25 years of the Royal Horticultural Society at Hampton Court Palace. As well as guests being treated to a visual  “”Smogasboard” of flowers, the sun ‘pelted’ down and it was a delightful scorcher of a day. I take my hat off to all those displaying. The art of keeping their plants in optimum tip top condition in such hot temperatures takes more than just a watering can!

There was an endless array of sensational displays. Here is the one particular garden that captured everything that I am.

AFRICAN VISION MALAWI – CELEBRATING 10 YEARS – designed by GABRIELLE EVAN

GOLD WINNER!

It was a mixture of joy, excitement and emotion as I encountered this clever well thought out contemporary design. It was highlighting the urgent need to support Malawi, the country of my birth. Being with my parents at the time made this experience even more special. Around the external part of garden were   plants and vegetables often encountered from various regions in the country. However, the surprise of this design was the metallic cube within it, complete with miniature portholes on either side for guests to look into. Inside, the four walls were mirrored top to bottom reflecting the maize crop and creating a surreal effect of making the space look so much bigger.

Sadly to say, Malawi has been facing very hard times and is listed as one of the 20 poorest countries. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, poor soil fertility for crops are just few of the issues the country faces. However the recent crippling floods have been devastating.

AFRICAN VISION MALAWI implements long-term projects and set up “THE LANDIRANI TRAINING VILLAGE”. To find out more about this incredible team and how to support their exciting projects, please check out: African Vision

CONGRATULATIONS – CONGRATULATIONS – CONGRATULATIONS

Louis Mariette

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