Honda (UK) will kick-off its appearance at next week’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with a live challenge which will see Danny Clarke, aka ‘The Black Gardener’, tasked with creating a nine square-metre vertical installation, made up of 616 plants, in no more than three hours.
Danny’s brief is to create a design based on his interpretation of Honda’s ‘Engineering for Life’ philosophy. The challenge will begin on the Honda stand (HC535) at 11.30am on Tuesday 4th July, with a strict cut-off of 2.30pm to complete the unique installation.
Danny’s canvas for the day will be a 3m x 3m wall-mounted display of 77 Vertigarden planters (www.vertigarden.co.uk), in 11 rows of seven, each accommodating eight 9-10cm pot plants. Once complete, the display will stay in place throughout the duration of the show, with Danny’s creation kept perfectly intact by Vertigarden’s in-built irrigation system.
Danny Clarke comments: “I love a challenge, and this is the ideal brief for me as it perfectly illustrates my mantra that no matter how little time, space or budget you have, you can still create a beautiful garden. I’ve had a lot of fun already in creating a design based on my interpretation of Engineering for Life, and all will be revealed by 3.30 on Tuesday (I hope!).”
Steve Morris, Head of Honda (UK) Power Products comments: “Danny is perfect for this challenge, having worked with him on a number of projects over the last year, he is also a great fit for the Honda brand – not least because of his friendly, relaxed and down-to-earth manner but also his ability in making gardening accessible and sustainable. Our Engineering for Life philosophy encapsulates our engineering excellence, including outstanding reliability and durability, and Honda’s desire to produce quality, user-friendly products in the most sustainable way. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Danny’s interpretation of this is.”
Danny will also be appearing on the Honda stand each day throughout the show to meet and mingle with visitors from 2pm-4pm. All show-goers are warmly invited to come along and meet Danny, to see his creation in the flesh, and to hear first-hand how his design came about.
Away from fast-fit vertical gardens, Honda’s display at Hampton Court will also point to a smarter, cleaner and quieter vision for Lawn & Garden products, with robotic lawn mower Miimo headlining, alongside three ultra-convenient handy cordless products – a leaf blower, grass trimmer and hedge cutter – powered by a highly-advanced 56-volt lithium-ion battery. As an added incentive, anyone purchasing a Miimo at the Show will get a complimentary cordless lawn trimmer including battery and charger, while purchasers of any of the three cordless products will benefit from a free battery and charger.
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