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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show celebrates the very best in gardening and this year marked the International Year of Light with three conceptual gardens inspired by light.  

One of those three gardens ‘Reflecting Photonics’ was designed by Kate Hart and Helen Elks-Smith from Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design - it focussed on work of researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre based at the University of Southampton.  

Before the Show opens Gardens are judged on nine criteria including theatre, colour and innovation with winners awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold.  

We were delighted when 'Reflecting Photonics' was awarded a GOLD medal; even more thrilled to hear that the Garden had inspired visitors to the Show to choose it as winner of the People’s Choice award!  

This was, undoubtedly an award winning combination of BALI members. As well as ourselves and Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design, the Garden was built by Turf ‘n’ Earth and supplied by CED Ltd, Lindum Turf and Barcham Trees plc.

This colourful and innovative Garden proved to be very popular – and not only amongst judges and members of the public; Laura Tobin presented Good Morning Britain’s weather from it, the RHS Tatton Park Garden Show on BBC2 with Monty Don discussed it, several newspapers featured it and Samia Ghadia (Coronation Street’s Maria Connor) was photographed on it!  

Our highly skilled Installers created a ‘waveform’ with edging from Dural and eight colours; Ultramarine Blue, Ultraviolet, Sky Blue, Emerald Green, Bright Orange, Luminous Yellow, Candy Pink and Titanium from our recycled glass range Spectrum®. Within the design, the ‘waveform’ acted as a metaphor for how light refracts along the fibre-optic glass-drops set into the floor forming communication pathways.   If you saw this Garden at the Flower Show please let us know what you think via twitter, Facebook or email.