The Vineyard Vision Garden
Hampton Court Flower Show 2004 - Plot F16
Hazel Murray came up with the original concept and design for the garden, and has been responsible for bringing it to fruition. Hazel is one of the best known of Sky's team of weather presenters. She made her name in Capital Radio's Flying Eye traffic spotting plane as the evening broadcaster. During that time she published a book of her aerial photographs of London , entitled, “Capital London – Focus from the Flying Eye”. Over the past seven years Hazel and her partner Dominic have successfully cultivated almost a hundred wine producing grapevines on allotments in southwest London ; it was this project that inspired the Hampton Court garden, which in turn will be christened with their first champagne-style wine – Redlees Razzamatazz. Apart from gardening, one of her main loves is travel - she has crossed the Sahara three times, loves nothing better than going on safari in a tent on the top of a Land Rover; and closer to home, delights in France and Italy. Hazel has a first class degree in Mathematics, and has completed courses at the Meteorological College at Bracknell . She has taken two weeks leave from her weather duties at Sky to help create and man the garden.
Hazel and her team were awarded Best Courtyard Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2003 for their "View to A Future" garden, inspired by a Tuscan olive grove.
Gill's jewel-like pieces have a richness & intricacy seldom found in contemporary sculpture. A fusion of light, colour & form, her work is a synergy of processes, skills and techniques that result in her highly decorative and inspirational one-off works. She has been formally presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip for her architectural glass design, and Broadfield House Glass Museum have acquired a signature piece for their permanent Studio Glass Collection. Gill has created the gazebo and vine-wire supports specifically for the Vineyard Vision garden.
Colin Walton-Smith heads up WILDSIDE – a small family-run nursery based in Sandy, Bedforshire, specialising in the production of British wildflowers. With twelve years experience the nursery has supplied plants for many gold medal winning g ardens at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. As well as growing on the thyme and coaxing the vines and roses into peak performance for the show, Colin is one of the main members of the planting and contruction team.
Geraldine was part of Hazel's team for the courtyard garden ‘A View To A Future' at Chelsea 2003. A gardener by profession with many years experience, she enjoyed her Chelsea experience so much that she volunteered to quit her family and dogs in Dorset for three weeks to work on this year's garden at Hampton Court , and hopes to submit a design of her own for Chelsea next year.