2007’s Chelsea Flower Show featured a striking new garden created by garden designer Linda Bush, which took its inspiration from the extremes in landscapes caused by the changing global climate. “Sand and Ice” depicted the contrast between sweeping deserts and melting glaciers, and featured a stunning ice glacier wall created from jagged pieces of Perspex® Frost and Perspex® Vario in cool icy colours.
The wall of ice was a key feature in the garden and showed water “melting” down the glacier to form a pool below — all illuminated by rows of LEDs to add drama.
Precision cut pieces of Perspex Frost in crystal clear, arctic blue and glacier green contrast with the sharp translucency of shards of Perspex Vario in lagoon green and cascade blue, whilst Perspex Frost in vivid electric blue highlights the flowing rivulet to create an ice cold climate.
The Perspex pieces were crafted by London based fabricators Hamar Acrylic.
Linda Bush won a bronze medal for the garden in the Show Gardens section of the competition. She is renowned for designing gardens that people feel comfortable in and likes to combine contemporary design with natural materials and soft planting.
The garden was sponsored by Hasmead, one of the country’s leading commercial landscape companies. Together Hasmead and Bush set up a programme to offset the carbon footprint resulting from the creation of the garden, which includes sourcing those plants grown elsewhere in Europe by car rather than plane and pledging to plant trees after the show.
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