Matthew Childs Wins 'Best In Show' and Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show!


Matthew Childs, KLC Garden Diploma Alumnus, has been awarded ‘Best in Show’ and Gold for his Smart Meter Garden sponsored by Smart Meter GB. This is the second year running that Matt Childs has taken home the title of ‘Best In Show’ at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show.

The RHS has shared a wonderful description about the show garden and what it represents, “The Smart Meter Garden is an immersive metaphor for our future environment and explores the relationship between carbon emissions and our natural world, encouraging each of us to install a smart meter, thus providing the platform for a smart energy system which will help us to move towards a lower carbon economy.

A perimeter of beautiful trees and lush drifts of shade planting form the boundary of this garden. Inside a black, glistening, winding path leads to the centre of the garden, where curved benches face a large circular area that is blackened and cracked. Lights flash beneath the cracks, gassy smoke seeps and the surface floods with water transforming the centre of the garden into a giant mirror that reflects the lush trees.

The garden’s centre symbolises the burning of unnecessary energy and its effect on our planet, while the garden’s perimeter, with its lush planting represents the future we could have.”

Humaira Ikram, KLC Garden Diploma Course Leader, was part of Matt’s planting team which assisted in bringing his show garden to life.

There were a number of other industry partners involved; The main sponsor Smart Energy GB , Belderbos Landscapes, Moonlight Designs, CED Stone Group, Surrey Iron Craft, Water Artisans, Hortus Loci , Majestic Trees.

Congratulations to Matt Childs on this spectacular achievement. A very talented and industry leading garden designer. View his website here!

If you wish to explore the KLC Garden Diploma course, view the course page here!
The KLC Garden Design Diploma is a uniquely tailored course designed to prepare students for a career in the garden design industry. This one-year course combines practical hard landscaping and gardening skills, plant science and creative design principles in a part-time format, with two full days at school (Wednesday & Thursday) and an average of 20 hours additional study required outside of class each week.


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