Hampton Court Flower Show 2013: Alitex and Sparsholt College Design Competition

Alitex at Hampton Court

We have a winner!

Alice Wrightson is a second year student at Sparsholt College in Hampshire and the winner of our competition to find a stand design for us at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year. It is quite a challenge and the reason we all really liked Alice’s design was that she recognised that not only are we hoping to provide a beautiful “garden”, stand we are also show casing the Mottisfont from The National Trust Greenhouse Collection. Visitors to our stand will be able to look right around the greenhouse, both inside and out whilst imagining it in their garden. Alice has tried various career avenues in the past, although still only twenty two, but they have all hinged around the principles of physics, maths and art, which help in her garden design. She hopes to go on to study for a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield.

“I’m so grateful to Sparsholt for getting involved with Alitex and the Hampton Court design competition, not many of my contempories at other colleges seem to have this opportunity.” Alice said.

In approaching the task, Alice decided to put herself in our shoes, asking questions such as: why are we at Hampton Court, how will we attract people onto our stand, how can we display the Mottisfont to the best advantage. Once she had an idea of how we might think, she began her design – in other words, access to the greenhouse was a priority.

Alice came to the planting from a seasonal point of view – including plants which were similar to those used by Taylor Tripp in the Chelsea stand design. Also because it is a Mottisfont she thought roses should be part of the scheme, after the fabulous roses at The National Trust’s Mottisfont. Planting will be sourced from Hortus Loci, Hampshire and also from our friends at Thrive charity.

There have been slight alterations since Alice has won – we would like to add cold frames to the greenhouse as this is a popular choice for our customers, but Alice has been relaxed about this.

“Obviously I have to follow the client’s wishes and I’m even happy to switch some of the plants around – the only sticking point I have would be the curved pathway around the greenhouse. I know it’s more expensive to achieve this but feel it is integral to my design.”

We are all looking forward to seeing Alice’s design implemented at Hampton Court Flower Show (Tuesday 9th - Sunday 14th July). Come and visit us at E102, in the newly created Escape Zone.

Images show Alice with her design and talking through it with me at our recent Open Morning - next one is Saturday 29th June.

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