Trade Show Garden
Early Autumn 2020, RPGD was approached to design a world-class trade stand for a well renowned local sculpture artist, Dawn Conn. After hearing Dawn's vision for the trade stand on an inspiring visit to her studio, this design was created.
With 5 large sculptures to include within a 3 x 4m site, every inch was utilised and carefully considered so that the sculptures were framed and could be experienced from a variety of interesting angles.
Crucial to Dawn's vision was the position of a large diver near a water feature. The layout of the stand allowed the diver to become the centre of attention, drawing people in for a 360 view. A water rill was positioned vertically to the statue so it looked as if the diver is jumping into it. At the heart of this decision was to reflect the playfulness Dawn has with her sculptures.
True also to her style and inspiration, this design is bold with its planting and strong with its lines. The journey around the space is complex, just like life's journey - which is where Dawn draws a lot of her ideas and design decisions.
"Rachel came to me with a personal recommendation of someone who would give her time, energy and focus to create a fabulous and functional garden space. She did not disappoint. My requirements were unique. I wanted to create a world-class trade stand space for an RHS show. Rachel showed great passion and energy in all aspects of this brief, offering many options and solutions along the way of the design process. I love the way Rachel takes the time to understand your requirements, ensuring all details are considered. Her professional approach to creating a personalised design really brings out the best of your green space. Her attention to detail is astute. Rachel's ingenuity shown was truly professional. I would not hesitate to recommend her".
- Dawn Conn, International Figurative Sculpture