Honda (UK)'s first foray into the world of show gardens at this year's Gardeners' World Live was a fantastic success with its beautiful 'Garden of Dreams' winning a prestigious RHS Silver medal.
The look and feel of the Garden of Dreams drew inspiration from Honda's 'Power of Dreams' philosophy and featured soft, dreamy plantings which contrasted with a dynamic, spiral pathway that lead into a contemplation pool. The pool itself was shaped like a keyhole, suggesting a portal to another place. Blue-grey painted walls and white trees and their shadows lengthened perspective, adding to the imagination of the space.
RHS Judge, Dougal Philip, says:
Honda's garden wasn't just a lovely garden, There was also an interactive area where show-goers could look at product and the fusion was thoughtfully executed, delivering for visitors on two levels. The garden itself was very eye-catching and for Honda to win a silver medal for its first ever show garden is a considerable achievement.
Edinburgh-based garden designer, Rebecca Govier was commissioned by Honda (UK) to take the concept to completion. Rebecca says:
Well, believing in the 'Power of Dreams' certainly pays off - this result is truly a dream come true for me! This is the first time I've designed a show garden, so the project was a massive challenge and Honda's belief in what I could achieve has drove me forward through the whole process. I had a fantastic team of volunteers who worked their socks off and I couldn't have done it without them. It was an enormous amount of hard work but totally worth it for such a fantastic result. I'm really, really thrilled for everyone involved.
David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager at Honda (UK), says:
Honda as a company looks to champion new talent so winning a silver medal is a fantastic result for us, Rebecca and her team of tireless volunteers - some of whom are horticultural college students. Working together, we created something beautiful and inspirational which show-goers enjoyed.
In true show garden style, all the Garden of Dreams plants were auctioned off at the end of the show - two plants for £6.00 - and raised £1,200. Proceeds will go to The Woodland Trust which is one of Honda (UK)'s three nominated charities for 2011.