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Lilly Gomm

Lilly Gomm – RHS Tatton Park 2016 Silver Gilt: A Space to Ruminate 

After searching for the perfect tile for my RHS Tatton Park Young Designer show garden 'A Space to Ruminate' Global Stones' tweet offering sponsorship was refreshing. With their unwavering support from start to finish I was able to create the exact style I had envisaged for the garden; sending me full size samples to choose from made the whole process easy and enjoyable.

With my design based around a terrace house back garden it was important for me to encourage an element of growing your own fruits and vegetables even within a restricted boundary. The kitchen garden was the most formal element of the design, to reflect this I wanted hardwearing, natural coloured paving to compliment the strong textures of wooden raised beds and adjacent scaffolding path. The Parchment Porcelain tile fitted this specification perfectly. 

The subtle pattern and size of the tile set the kitchen garden apart from the rest of the garden becoming a brilliant back drop for the plants growing by their side. To allow the show visitors the full experience the space, I decided to let the public access garden. This meant at the end of the day the tiles needed a clean after all the footfall, brilliantly the Parchment tile is wipe clean leaving no trace of the previous days activity. I would definitely use this tile for future projects.

Designer Tips

  • Choose a limited palette of materials and continue these through the garden to prevent a design from becoming too busy
  • Be open to adding strong features and bold colours
  • Large tiles such as the Porcelain range can make small spaces feel bigger

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