Silver medal winning garden with the Chalice at its heart
The 2011 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show awarded a silver medal to an innovative show garden The Eye of the Internet Maze with a David Harber Chalice water feature at its centre symbolising the everflowing information of the internet.
The Eye of the Internet Maze represents the difficulties experienced by the elderly in accessing the internet, reflecting the experiences of the garden's designer – 70 year old Judy Cornford.
“The idea just came into my head. I just thought about it for a bit and the idea developed” said Mrs Cornford.
The garden is designed as a maze with a bright welcoming entrance of Cupressus Macrocarpa Goldcrest – standing for the initial easy promise of the web – leading to curved paths with hidden destinations – standing for the uncertainty about what to do once on the net.
Mrs Cornford had seen The Chalice and knew it was what she needed for the eye at the centre of her show garden as a “symbol of the everflowing information of the internet because of the way the water flows around and around the bowl”.
This was Mrs Cornford's first submission to the Hampton Court show — she only switched careers from interior to garden designer a couple of years ago.
The Show Garden is also the first time she has seen one of her own personal plans realised in garden form.
Although she has completed gardens for clients, she had never before brought a garden she had designed for herself to life.