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Garden Gallery - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010
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Shakespeare's comedies Garden - The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare's comedies Garden - The Merchant of Venice
Designer: Michelle Duxbury / Contractors: The Linepost Company, Capel Manor College students from the National Diploma in Horticulture.

Michelle Duxbury has taken inspiration from Shakespeare's comic tale of love and money to create this simple, sustainable and theatrical design that makes use of reclaimed materials. The garden's setting is a Venetian canal enclosed by a boardwalk of weathered pilings and framed by two wooden flood markers carved to mark the rising sea level. Three large wooden vessels float like gondolas amidst dark, reflective pools and a swirling sea of grasses. Filled with lush flowers and foliage in shades of gold, silver and lead, the vessels depict the caskets from which Portia's suitors must choose in order to win her hand. High above the garden, like washing lines spanning a Venetian canal, three tall striped props support drapes of muslin, each one inscribed with Shakespeare's words of guidance to all would-be suitors.

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