|A mellow evening at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show|
|'Heathers in Harmony'|
|Louise Venter & Will Quarmby|
That was a real garden, but for many the conceptual gardens are a big draw at Hampton Court. These are whimsical fancies, created to stimulate the imagination. Some induce thoughts along the lines of wtf, but others are more significant: it depends whether one can suspend one's expectations of reality and practicality enough to get anything from them.
|Conceptual gardens: in the foreground is 'Landscape Obscured' by Dan Lobb, in which one peers through 'periscopes' to see mushroms growing in a cavity below ground.|
|The CoppaFeel! Garden, by RHS Young Designer of the Year Hugo Bugg, is promoting breast cancer awareness, with breast-shaped cushions left around to be felt-up, passing on the message Touch, Look, Feel.|
|A mirrored ball in the 'Excuse me while I kiss the sky' garden made by Anoushka Feiler for Bestique, reflecting the upside-down plants suspended above it. Around it is a great sweep of Agapanthus reflected in angled mirrors.|