The Red Thread

Designed by former Capel Manor Garden Design student Robert Barker.

The Red Thread Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

RHS Gold Medal Winner

An ancient Chinese myth states that when we are born the gods tie our ankles with a red thread and attach it to all the people whose lives we’re destined to touch.

This garden represents a modern interpretation of this myth. Two oak character posts stand at opposite corners of the garden symbolising people destined to meet. Six large oak posts, varying in heights and sizes, are arranged between them with red rope, threaded in a dramatic pattern representing the complex journey destiny can take to connect two people.

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