Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspires Garden Designer


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspires design

Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate factory, garden designer and celebrity gardener, Diarmund Gavin is planning the biggest ever display garden at the Hampton Flower show in London.

Diarmund, fresh from his diving debut competition on ITV’s Splash with Tom Daley, unfortunately missed out on designing a garden for this year’s Chelsea Flower show in London.

Having overcome his fear of water and heights to compete in the ITV celebrity diving show presented by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay, Diarmund has been comfort eating chocolate bars judging by the snug fit of his all in one swimming costume.

So it’s chocs away for Hampton Court’s biggest garden. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed garden will cover 2,000 square metres at Hampton Court.

Diarmund’s award-winning gardens at Chelsea have attracted huge publicity over the past two years for their audacious and daring designs. But nothing will compare with his latest Willy Wonka styled chocolate themed garden. Perhaps Diarmund is hoping to win that elusive Golden Ticket to gain entry to the Chocolate Factory itself in order to gorge on all those delicious delights. Or he even might be hoping for tickets to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Charlie and the Chocoalte Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is showing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London

The genial Irishman is using 18 shipping containers in his garden design, we can only wonder just how much chocolate will they contain? Enough perhaps to satisfy Augustus Gloop himself?

A disappointed Diarmund wanted to create the garden at this year’s Chelsea centennial show in May but was told by Royal Horticultural Show organiser, the aptly named Bob Sweet, that the proposed 2,000 square metre design was simply just too big for the Chelsea Flower show. I wonder if Bob Sweet himself will be parodied in some kind of Willy Wonka candy bar in Diarmund’s design?

Instead Diarmund has had to settle to display his garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s sister show at Hampton Court in July 2013. Which in fact coincides shortly after the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate factory the musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Charlie and the Chocolate factory previews from the 18th May with the grand opening night gala scheduled for the 25th June, expect Diarmund Gavin to be sitting somewhere in the front row.

Diarmund is still looking for a sponsor for his garden and is perhaps hoping that Cadburys will step in with an offer to good to be true. It is believed that Diarmund will accept being paid in chocolate bars. I wonder if he will be lucky enough to obtain a lifetime’s supply of chocolate as afforded the lucky winner of the tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory?

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