Sunday 1st August, 2004
A garden design student has used Ultralite 500, Ultraframe’s “roof in a box” that can achieve the lowest roof pitch attainable in a practical on-site situation, in an unusual way at this year’s Hampton Court Palace flower show. The garden design was a huge success and was awarded a silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The garden, called ‘Looking at the World through Rose Tinted Spectacles’, attracted the expert eye of presenters Charlie Dimmock and Diarmuid Gavin and has also featured on BBC TV’s Gardeners World programme.
Student designer Fern Alder who was given the chance to display at this year’s flower show with the support of Ultraframe, said: “The idea behind the garden is to create a fusion of hard landscaping and soft planting in bright vivid pink colour combinations. I approached the leading designer and manufacturer of conservatory roofing systems, Ultraframe, as my sponsor because I wanted to incorporate translucent sheeting and I knew that Ultraframe are the best suppliers in the business.”
As a result the garden features a massive ‘wall’ made from Ultralite 500 which encases the planting. The sheets were filled with a pink dye so that visitors to the stand could view the garden creation ‘in the pink’.
Fern continued: “The wall was a wonderful idea but has proved difficult to make a reality – it really has been a feat of design engineering and manufacturing on the part of Ultraframe’s technical teams.”
Helen Cole, Ultraframe Marketing Services Manager said, “We are delighted to be involved with Fern’s show garden. The use of a conservatory roof in this unique setting shows how configurable the Ultralite 500 product can be in an on site situation.”
Helen continued: “It was the skill and innovation of the Ultraframe team which made the Ultralite 500 wall possible. The team used glazed panels, which were ‘zipped’ together by aluminium “I” beams to create the feature. Ultralite 500, with its unique qualities, offers a cost effective, light weight product with excellent light transmission properties, so when pink dye, water and sunlight were added, the finished effect was spectacular and caught the eye of the BBC production team.
Presenter Diarmuid Gavin was delighted by the garden and commented: “The vivid pink wall diffused with soft planting was striking. The unusual use of materials made it one of the most eye catching gardens at the show this year.”
Visitors to the stand were also given a pair of pink tinted glasses to wear to view the garden and were offered the opportunity to obtain a free copy of the Ultraframe Essential Guide to Conservatories. The Guide is the ultimate consumer ‘must have’ and ‘all your need to know’ guide to choosing a conservatory.