Saturday, May 24, 2008

Yvonne Innes creates a garden for George

Yvonne Innes, wife of The Seventh Python subject Neil and a star garden designer in her own right, made lots of news this past week with a tribute to their good friend George Harrison at the world's premier gardening event, The Chelsea Flower Show.

"From Life to Life: A Garden for George" was co-designed by George's widow Olivia and depicts George’s life in four stages – childhood, shown by a vegetable plot and a bike in rough grass; a Beatles and 1960s area; and representations of his older self and spiritual life. The 1960s section of the garden contains the names of his songs and a six foot-wide glass sun, reminding visitors of Here Comes the Sun, which Harrison wrote for the Beatles album Abbey Road in 1969.

The flowers – palmatum, anchusa and achillea – represent the psychedelic colours of the era.

Yvonne worked closely with George before his death in 2001. She said: "I knew what an amazing landscape gardener George was. I also realised few people knew this side of him and decided to design a narrative garden of his life and passing over to the next life."

Many high-profile figures visited the garden, including, as you see, Ringo Starr (at right, with Olivia) and Queen Elizabeth herself.

1 comment:

Michael said...

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Gardening Tip 1. Consider your plants health as well as your own. Ensure you keep yourself well hydrated whilst gardening. As most gardening is done in the sun, involves physical labour and is very engrossing, it is easy to work away for hours on end without noticing the time flying by. Keep drinking lots of fluids and make sure you are wearing adequate sun cream and a hat. Your garden will only suffer if you are in bed for a few days with dehydration or sun stroke. Remember, skin cancer is still one of the top killers so dress appropriately.

Gardening Tip 2. Design your garden before you start digging. Your time and energy is precious so don’t start digging holes and planting plants without having a garden design first. You may choose to employ a professional garden designer or you may just want to draw your desired garden on a piece of paper yourself, depending on your budget. Either way if you have a plan of what you are doing and what you want to plant where, you will save yourself many back breaking hours digging and planting unnecessarily.

Gardening Tip 3. Make a list of the tools and materials you will need. After creating your garden design, list the tools and materials that are required to create your masterpiece. You may need specialist equipment like heavy earth moving machinery that needs to be hired and booked in advance or you may wish to plant exotic plants that need to be ordered and grown specially. You don’t want to get half way through your project only to find you cannot get a piece of equipment on hire for 2 weeks. When this happens it is very frustrating and can sometimes hold up the entire job.