Athanasia - RHS HAmpton Court Flower Show

For the first time in its esteemed history, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show plays host to a garden that has taken its inspiration from a woodland burial park.

Called Athanasia, the woodland garden is described by designer David Sarton as “offering a calming retreat from the turmoil of modern life”.  But its more soulful background is that the true inspiration for it came from the sudden death of one of David’s very close friends.

“Emma Peios died in 2012 from Leukemia” noted David. “Emma was a proud mother, loving wife and talented horticultural photographer; she was also a founder member of the Professional Garden Photography Association (PGP).

GreenAcres Woodland Burials – Epping Forest, which is where her funeral was held and she is also buried, was the perfect place to say goodbye to someone so special. The tranquil environment provided by the GreenAcres Woodland Burial Park, the whole atmosphere and the lovely relaxed service was the inspiration to this garden. This garden will celebrate both her life and be a fitting memory to Emma”.

David Sarton – the mastermind behind the garden, has worked in horticulture since the age of 14 and has won several show medals at the Kent Show and has been photographing RHS Show Gardens at Chelsea and Hampton court since 2000. This year he is hoping to be on the receiving end of the lens and hopefully a show medal too. He now runs his own his own garden design business – Weald Design Ltd in Kent -  offering a full design and landscaping package.

GreenAcres Woodland Burials currently have sites in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Norfolk and Liverpool with more to follow next year. They provide a unique funeral and burial experience through the use of award-wining ceremonial buildings and a beautiful woodland environment.

The garden can be viewed at E/233 on Ditton Avenue, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show from Tuesday 9th – Sunday 14th July 2013.

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