This year many of the show gardens included water, with a mixture of naturalistic ponds, contemporary pools and water features, showcasing the wide range of ways water can be used in a garden. Incorporating water in gardens has numerous benefits. Ponds are a haven for wildlife and the sound and sight of running water has a calming effect on people. It is also a feature that can be widely adapted to suit the style of the garden, from country cottage to modern and formal.
The Trail Finders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden, designed by Jonathan Snow, featured a full cascading waterfall, which could be admired at close proximity via a dramatic red walkway, giving the viewer a really immersive experience.
Designers Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato used a subtler method to include water in the design, with naturalistic pools and low narrow rills, in the Kampo no Niwa garden.
In the Savills and David Harber Garden, designer Andrew Duff incorporated a large, contemporary sculpture rising from a calm pool, which complimented the subtle planting and helped to create a serene feeling.