Garden inspired by Metallica wins silver at top show

A gardener, whose design has been sponsored by legendary heavy metal band Metallica, has won a silver award at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Arek Luc’s dream of creating an inspirational garden became a reality at the horticultural show which opened on Tuesday and continues until Sunday.

Arek getting the garden ready at Hampton Court

Arek getting the garden ready at Hampton Court

The 37-year-old, of Whitworth Road, Corby, said: “I’m very, very happy. To win silver for my first show is amazing.

“I hadn’t thought about winning anything because I was just so busy getting the garden built in time for the show opening.

“The judges visited the garden three times. It was quite stressful but I think it’s a huge achievement for everyone who has been involved.

“The garden seems to be causing quite a stir among the visitors.”

Called I Disappear and inspired by the Metallica song of the same name, Arek’s conceptual garden is a living work of art which aims to highlight the issue of allotment land increasingly being taken up for development.

The garden is bordered on three sides with climbing vegetables and trained fruit trees with the remainder of the garden featuring growing vegetables and a seated human figure.

He said: “The fruit and vegetable garden is seen disappearing under a developed area. A seated human will be breathing in the purified air created through plant photosynthesis.”

Soaking up the atmosphere at Hampton Court while he worked, Arek said: “It was a very nice experience being able to see all the gardens around us having more details added every day.

“Everyone helped each other, especially those of us working on the conceptual gardens because they are something different and pieces of art.”

Also exhibiting at the show are local firms A Bit of Green from Wellingborough, specialists in artificial grass, and Scotts of Thrapston who are launching their new summerhouse design, called the Polebrook, at the show.