The World Vision garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Ethiopian famine. Coffee beans from Ethiopia, roasted by Pollards, are being used as part of the garden, which is celebrating the changes have taken place in Ethiopia over the past three decades.
The garden will open on 7th July 2014, where people can experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony; enjoy the intoxicating smell of roasted beans, sip a sample coffee and chat to an Ethiopian born coffee seller, based in London, about the ceremony. The judging of the gardens will take place early next week, after they open to members, with results to be announced on Tuesday/Wednesday.
The garden, designed by award-winning designer, John Warland, is one of three created for the flower show season. It completes the story of the transformation of the Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia, from a barren dustbowl 30 years ago to an oasis. The first, at Chelsea Flower Show, received a silver award and the second at BBC Gardener’s World Live, received a silver gilt.
John Warland was motivated in his garden designs after hearing of the role that international aid agency World Vision played in bringing the famine to the attention of the West.
In 1984, when BBC reporters Michael Buerk and Mike Wooldridge arrived to cover the famine they were prevented from visiting the worst hit areas by the government there. However, when World Vision was finally allowed to fly food to the North, the organisation made space on the plane for the reporters to ensure the rest of the world would hear what was happening.
More photos of the World Vision garden will be available on Sunday/Monday when the project is completed and ready to open.
The Ethiopian coffee beans, that were used for decoration in the garden, were supplied by Pollards Wholesale Ltd, coffee roasters and wholesale coffee suppliers, based in Sheffield, UK.
World Vision is an international children’s charity that works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest children by working closely with communities to tackle the root causes of poverty.
John Warland is an award-winning conceptual designer.
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