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

One of the three gardens, designed by Kate Hart and Helen Elks-Smith from Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design, is ‘Reflecting Photonics’ and can be found in the Inspire zone. The garden design focuses on work by leading researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre based at the University of Southampton.  

Our creative Installers created the ‘waveform’ of the design 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’ acts as a metaphor for how light refracts along the fibre-optics.  The wave is connected to the 'glass-drops' set into the floor forming communication pathways. The glass drops are formed as part of the manufacturing process of the new generation of fibre-optics.

The International Year of Light was launched by the United Nations aimed at highlighting the importance of this vital energy source in our daily lives through a programme of events.  

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show takes place July 22 – 26. As well as celebrating the International Year of Light, the Show has three themed zones: Inspire, Feast and Grow to make finding your way around easier.  

This years’ Show has new features and regular favourites including Young Designer of the Year, a carnival and funfair, Ladies Day, gardening talks and floristry demonstrations and workshops. Tickets are available online.

Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design are delighted to be working with Andy Craddock at Turf ‘n’ Earth.