Legendary metal band Metallica has made sure Northamptonshire garden designer Arek Luc’s dream of taking part in Hampton Court Palace Flower Show won’t ‘disappear’ after helping to fund his project.
The American metallers have donated several thousand pounds to the 37-year-old after hearing he was looking for sponsorship.
Arek’s garden, I Disappear, takes its name from the 2000 Metallica song which was part of the Mission: Impossible II film soundtrack.
It will be one of a number of conceptual gardens at the show being held from July 9 to July 14.
Metallica heard about Arek after former Corby and East Northants MP Louise Mensch, who is married to the band’s manager Peter, was sent a copy of a Corby Telegraph story on the garden designer’s appeal for more sponsors.
Louise sent the story on to members of the band who were delighted to help.
Metallica fan Arek, of of Whitworth Avenue, Corby, said: “Louise emailed me and asked me how much I still needed for the project and I sent her the details.
“I couldn’t believe it when I received several thousand pounds from the band’s New York office. My friends and other people I have told couldn’t believe it either.”
Arek thanked Metallica and his other sponsors, Urban Roof Gardens, Eden Landscape Projects, Tandee Nursery, Podington Garden Centre and holiday company StayinBritain, as well as top county gardener Nicholas Warliker who has advised and inspired him.
He said: “I’m very grateful for the help I’ve had and all the sponsorship and I can now go ahead with my show garden.”
Louise said: “The whole band was tickled pink by Arek’s garden and they wanted to help.
“We had quite a lot of fun on Twitter with people suggesting song titles with gardening themes. I really liked For Whom the Bluebell Tolls.
“The band does a colossal amount of work on behalf of charities but it’s not usually associated with gardens.
“It’s a tremendous achievement by Arek to get to the Hampton Court show and it’s great for Corby and the whole area.”
Arek’s vegetable and flower garden aims to highlight how many allotment and growing spaces are being taken up by development.
His garden will be seen disappearing under a developed area and a seated human will be breathing in the purified air created through plant photosynthesis.
Arek, a drummer, took up gardening when he gave up playing and is now studying with the KLC School of Design in London.
To find out more visit lucarekgardendesign.com.