Hazel Murray is entering the flower show with a team called Hazeldene Gardeners, already an accomplished alliance whose designs have previously won Best Courtyard Garden at last year?s Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden, named a Vineyard Vision, takes its inspiration from the small, non-commercial vineyard Hazel helps run.
The garden, which has been entered in the competitive show garden category, will take wine colours as its theme and will feature a mix of contemporary materials along with those more traditionally associated with viticulture.
The garden?s design reflects both the growing reputation of English wine, and the ever-increasing number of vineyards throughout England and Wales which Hazel, in her weather presenter capacity, attributes to the ongoing climate change.
Unveiling her design, Hazel said: ?All the team here have high hopes for this year?s design, and are looking for the perfect excuse to crack open the first sparkling champagne-style wine to come from the vineyard ? the Redlees Razzamatazz!?
Hazel?s Vineyard Vision garden is sponsored by Sky and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place between the 6th and 11th July 2004.
Detailed Description and Planting List for Vineyard Vision
The planting will be in whites, pinks and clarets, lifted perhaps by the occasional touch of lilac/blue, and set off by fine grass.
The plants will mainly (but not exclusively) be those with a natural (or imagined) affinity to vines. Featuring:- Roses (planted with vines to pre-warn of powdery mildew) Apple trees (many English vineyards are attached to orchards) Alliums, Thyme.
The small circular flower beds around the posts supporting the vine wires will be a carpet of white, with ?lollipop? type pink or claret blooms growing through. Plants here, in the central borders and in the outside edging will include some but not all of: alliums, alyssum, armeria, bellis, cerastium, clover, limanthes, lobelia, nemesia, thyme.
The beds will be edged (flush to the grass) with edge-up silvery slate.
The small circles of pebbles/cobbles around the vines (a traditional mulch for weed suppression and warmth) will also be edged with the slate, and will echo the planting circles.
The slate will also be used to edge and decorate the terrace and path, which will feature patterns of concentric circles using pebbles/cobbles/pink granite sets.
The paved areas will also be edged by sunken upturned wine bottles, some of which will be illuminated at night, as will the green glass globes on the posts supporting the vine wires.
The pergola will be planted with vines (traditional in Mediterranean countries), as well as with climbers for colour and scent. These will include some but not all of: roses, jasmine, sweet peas and clematis.
The pergola, of brushed steel with abstract glass decoration, will be open fronted and constructed around the terrace ? although symmetrical it will be free-form, echoing the growing habit of the vines. It will enclose a circular terrace, which in turn will feature a semi-circular slate bench. The posts supporting the vine wires will mirror the materials and design of the pergola, as will the water feature at the front, and the pots.
The sides of the garden (where the vines are planted) will be flat-topped hummocks approx half a metre high, which will flank either side and curve up and around the pergola at the back, providing a back for the slate seat. On their inner sides the banks will drop down steeply to either side of the central lawn.
These banks will be edged with a narrow border of low growing white plants interplanted with white trailing plants to trail down over the outer side edges of the garden. The centre path will be flanked by a narrow planted border and also by a rill, which will appear to feed the water feature at the front of the garden. There will be tightly planted evergreen screen at rear of plot.