A little bit of Yorkshire is heading to London this summer – thanks to a Colne Valley business.
Leading disinfectant brand Zoflora, produced by Linthwaite-based Thornton and Ross, has revealed plans to create a unique garden dedicated to Yorkshire at this summer’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Zoflora, which has been keeping things clean for more than 90 years, has enlisted the creativity and skills of award-winning garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to design a garden which incorporates key elements for which the county is famous.
Taking inspiration from Yorkshire’s rolling countryside, Zoflora’s “Outstanding Natural Beauty” garden will be sculpted to form gentle undulations, reflecting the landscape of the county’s hills and dales.
A stream will gently flow through the garden and under a stone bridge while the garden will also incorporate a “field boundary” to represent arable crops, a wildflower meadow and “woodland”.
A curved drystone wall will form a terrace and seating area, with weathered steel set into the walls which will appear to have fractured the stone, representing powerful tree roots. The area is then enclosed by a moat, and brightly coloured fragrant plants, creating a tranquil place from which to view the rest of garden.
Zoflora will also reveal a brand new fragrance at the show, which runs from July 5 to 10. The new floral fragrance aims to emulate the smells of the county’s meadows and valleys with elements of crisp green leaves and wild flowers including mountain pansy and buttercup.
Senior brand manager Sarah Fozzard, said: “Using Yorkshire as a theme for the garden was a natural choice for us, as we’re very proud of our heritage.
“Helen’s design is really striking and attempts to encompass the key elements that make large parts of Yorkshire designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’re looking forward to seeing the design coming together and unveiling it to everyone on July 5.”
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Helen, who lives in Dorset but has a passion for Yorkshire, said: “I am overjoyed to have partnered with Zoflora this year. Paying homage to the county was a fantastic idea as its countryside has many wonderful aspects to celebrate. I’m confident that the overall design will impress and wow those attending the event.”
Helen won a gold medal and the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park with a garden inspired by the United Nations’ International Year of Light and was a finalist in the tSociety of Garden Designers Awards last year with a design evoking the beauitful landscape of the New Forest.