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RHS TATTON's INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT SHOW GARDEN: LIGHT CATCHER 2015

The RHS’s much-coveted themed garden category attracts some of the best designers from across the country. Competition is always tough and being selected as one of the three finalists to build their garden is a very respected achievement. The concept behind Sharon's garden comes from how light has evolved in time as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration. No matter where we are in the world, our experience of light is what fundamentally unites us.

‘Light Catcher’ is an experience of light, offering visitors an opportunity to see how natural light can be harnessed in the garden setting to create drama and ambience. By using a range of materials chosen for their reflective, diffusive and light fluctuating qualities the garden will be a visually reactive, contemplative space to pause and pass through; symbolizing a celebration of our collective and unifying experiences of light.

The main light catching structure will be made from mild steel and clad in transparent polymer-type sheets. The steel fabricator that will be involved in this special one-off piece is Todmorden-based Steeltech Kinetix Ltd.

The paving, sponsored by Marshalls, will showcase their new product Symphony™ Vitrified in Barley, a light buff colour that will offer low light diffusion as well as a clean, crisp and contemporary appearance.

At the heart of the ‘Light Catcher’ sits a simple, elegant water bowl to catch and reflect light within the structure, sponsored by Urbis Design who specialise in contemporary plant containers and furniture. Three hand-crafted galvanised steel wire structures featuring Artisan Plant Support's Castleton range will catch water droplets and offer light reflection even in wet weather.

Planting brings colour, life and movement to the garden. Design combinations focus on key plants that catch light, using grasses with fine seed heads that shimmer and glisten and tall perennials that give accent and structure. A cooling colour scheme picks up iridescent and metallic blue and purple hues, warmed by hints of pale yellow and blonde. The overall effect will create a haze of luminosity that alters and moves with fluctuating light levels, cast by three specimen multi stem birch trees; sponsored by Brentwood Moss Nurseries. Sharon will also be growing a selection of grasses and flowers at her allotment for the show; with fellow gardener Ryan Lewis also helping with growing additional grasses [thank you kindly].

Sharon is proud to be working with up and coming Cheshire-based landscape contractors Beesley Landscapes in the build of her show garden. Already working with them on a number of private client garden projects, their quality and attention to detail is impeccable and they have already won an impressive number of regional and national Marshalls awards.

Build up for the show garden starts in early July, with show dates open from Wednesday 22nd July to Sunday 26th July. To see all the winning designs visit the RHS webiste.

Sharon is still looking for contributors to feature their products in her show garden and their details will be updated here as soon as more information is available.

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