RHS Hampton Court Palace 2012 | GOLD MEDAL & BEST CONCEPTUAL GARDEN

Posted on 20th June 2013

This conceptual garden was called ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ and the theme was hope. The journey through the garden began with a shaded, confined tunnel-like space representing a period of trauma. However, there was clearly a path ahead and as the visitor walked down this path they were rewarded with more space, light and a growing sense of hope.

The garden was inspired by my experience of being injured in the bombing at Edgware road station on 7th July 2005. When I was carried out of the underground by the emergency services from darkness into light I felt a great sense of hope and this continued to grow with the support I received throughout my recovery.  It placed a new perspective on life for me and prompted me to change my career and fulfill my dream of becoming a garden designer.

We were awarded a gold medal for ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ and ‘Best conceptual garden’ by the RHS.

“I think all of the conceptual gardens have done really well.  I think Matthew Childs’ is the best in show”. Monty Don