THE CORAL DESERT
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 - Conceptual Garden (TH/69)
About the garden...
The Coral Desert Artist Impression
The Coral Desert will be exhibited in the Conceptual Garden category at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - the largest annual flower show in the world.
The garden aims to highlight the fragility of the world's coral reefs, three quarters of which are at risk due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change.
The garden is entered on a bridge across black water representing the environmental pressures to the reef. The visitor crosses through the boundary and enters an underwater world - water on the ceiling refracts the light, and the dark blue translucent walls cocoon the visitor from the outside world. What appears to be a flourishing coral reef is in fact created using cacti and succulents: if we fail to act to save our coral reefs they will become ocean deserts, unable to sustain life.
Many thanks to the following contributors...
Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism
The Sultanate of Oman is a prime example of a country that prioritises maintaining natural biodiversity, from its mountains and deserts to its coral reefs, 3165km of pristine coastline, turtle santuaries, dolphin and Arabian Whale populations. For more information please visit www.omantourism.gov.om
Samoa Tourism Authority
Of the ten treasured islands of Samoa in the South Pacific, six are completely uninhabited, and the government works alongside conservationists to preserve the unique ecosystem of mountains, rainforests, forested volcanic islands, lagoons and coral reefs. For more information please visit www.samoa.travel
Paul Young Independent Financial Advisors
Paul Young IFA provide expert advice on wealth management, investments, pensions, and retirement planning to individual and corporate clients.
Paul Young IFA are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. For more information please visit www.paulyoungifa.co.uk
Perspex Distribution Ltd
Perspex Distribution are very pleased to support The Coral Desert Garden and have supplied polycarbonate sheets for the structure. While many may recognize the Perspex® brand, we also stock an extensive range of the plastic products for structural and decorative requirements such as the polycarbonate sheets used in the Coral Desert. For more information visit www.perspex.co.uk