Returning once more to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, the APL is building the ‘A Place To Meet Again’ garden. Designed by Mike Long and built by Kebur Landscape Division, the garden focusses on upcycling and repurposing materials in order to reduce landfill and challenge innovation. Upcycling furniture has become a trend, but what can be upcycled in a garden? Scaffold boards will be repurposed as a boardwalk, gin bar and pergola, and large concrete water ducts will be put to creative reuse both as seating and water features. The aim is to show that a lot can be achieved with little.
With a love for creativity, nature and being outdoors, Mike Long has run his own landscape construction business in Suffolk and Essex since 2010. Over the past 10 years, he has designed and built many gardens of various styles and budgets and has been recognised nationally for his creative designs and space solutions. He is passionate about seeing a space transformed from tired and worn to sleek and contemporary, meeting the needs of a 21st-century lifestyle.
Mike says of the garden, “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to design a garden for the APL at RHS Hampton Court this year; as a garden designer it has been an aspiration of mine since joining the industry. I look forward to working with Kebur Landscape Division and the APL members in implementing the design, which explores upcycling and repurposing for an outdoor space. I believe a collaboration such as this holds exciting new opportunities and experiences for everyone involved.”
Kebur is committed to continually improving landscaping standards and is a proud member of the APL. David Booton, Business Partner at Kebur, said, “Leading the construction of a show garden is always a challenge to relish, especially when it involves collaborating with the best in the industry. We’re very excited this year to be showcasing how landscapers can use our high-quality paving alongside re-purposed everyday objects; reducing their environmental impact whilst creating an enticing place to socialise.”
Phil Tremayne, APL General Manager said, “It is great to ‘Meet at this Place Again’ on what is our 25th year. Members will soon be contacted by the association for their support in creating the garden, making this a truly collaborative occasion.”
The APL would also like to thank Weybridge based Creepers Nursery who are sponsoring the garden.