Designer: Sharon Hockenhull
Award: Gold and Best in Show for Year of Light Garden
Light is an ancient source of energy that fuels all life; it is a constant that has evolved into 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 captured and harnessed in the garden setting to create drama and ambience. By using a range of materials chosen for their reflective, diffusive and fluctuating qualities we will create a visually reactive, contemplative space to rest and pass through; symbolising a celebration of our collective and unifying experiences of light.
Planting design focuses on key plants that catch light, using grasses with fine seed heads that shimmer and glisten, tall perennials that give accent and a colour scheme that focuses on iridescent, purple and metallic blue hues with hints of pale lemon and white. The overall effect will create a haze of luminosity that alters and moves with fluctuating light levels.