Tusk have announced its evocative “NOT FOR SALE” garden entry at the 2017 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The conceptual garden, created by Ferguson & Whyte Garden Design and sponsored by Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, is inspired by the destruction of Africa’s elephant population as a result of brutal ivory poaching.
The Tusk garden has already received strong commendations from the RHS selection panel and is designed by highly respected gardener designers Mark Whyte and Sharmayne Ferguson, who last year delivered a Silver Gilt award conceptual garden. Learning from their experience, they are confident of building on the success of last year’s garden.
Visitors will be encouraged to walk around a ring of tusk arches, symbolising the scale of the slaughter of African elephants killed by poachers. Sounds of the African savannah will play around the Tusks while arid grasses, plants and acacia trees will help create a real sense of Africa. At the end of the arched walk, the garden opens into an African savannah, where the “bones” of an elephant lie in the dust, a powerful reminder of the destruction brought about by the illegal ivory trade.
Tusk, with the proactive support of its Royal Patron, continues to be at the forefront of highlighting the devastating impact of the Illegal Wildlife Trade. The charity is currently pressing for the closure of domestic ivory trade across the world. The “Not for Sale” garden represents another high profile initiative in Tusk’s campaign to save the iconic elephant from extinction.
Charlie Mayhew, Tusk CEO, said: “Tusk is very excited by this unusual collaboration and delighted that Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has generously made it possible for the garden to go ahead. I am sure it will captivate the public’s imagination whilst also delivering a powerful message about the continuing plight of the African elephant.”
Reggie Heyworth, Managing Director of Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, added: “We hope that this striking project, championed by Tusk, can play a part in raising awareness of the poaching crisis in Africa. This generation of world leaders needs to decide now if these wild animals and wild places are to be saved, or lost forever”.
Mark Whyte from Ferguson & Whyte Garden Design said: “We designed the ‘Not For Sale’ conceptual garden with strong feelings towards the ban on Ivory trade. The garden is a shocking truth that cannot be ignored and we hope it will make a difference to a currently awful situation. We are thrilled to working with Tusk and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens on the project as they are so closely linked with this issue.”
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show runs from 4th – 9th July.
RHS Members Days are 4th and 5th July.