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Bournemouth's blooming brilliant Victorian garden wows judges
3:30pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in News
A VERY Victorian Fantasy won over the judges at the prestigious Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and earned Bournemouth council a silver gilt award.
It was the first time that Bournemouth’s parks and gardens department had entered the flower show and they were delighted to come back with one of the top honours.
The Victorian-themed garden is split in two – one half reflecting the Victorian Gothic history of Bournemouth, the other the lighter, sunnier side of the town, inspired by the Art Nouveau works of Aubrey Beardsley.
Beautiful willow fairy and demon sculptures tower over the garden, created by sculptor Stefan Jennings, and in the centre is an ‘Open Heart’ marble sculpture, based on a design from Avonbourne School pupils and sculpted by local artist Andy Kirkby.
The garden captured the attention of visiting journalists, celebrities and even royalty – with the Countess of Wessex spending considerable time talking to its designers, nursery manager Chris Evans and design manager David Ifould.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award and it’s a tribute to the entire team’s hard work going back more than a year in planning and planting,” said Chris.