The brief for this competition was to design a water garden to be built at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2007, which would incorporate a tasting area for visitors to sample Grand Marnier’s new summer serves. The client required the design to reinforce the brand.
This design is based on the journey of the liqueur from grape to glass. The water represents the River Charente, the region where the brandy base of the liqueur is produced, and the planting represents the ecology of the area. The river leads to a landing stage by the terrace, the design of which echoes the marble courtyard at the Palace of Versailles, close to the home of Grand Marnier. It is here that visitors can rest a while and enjoy their drink.
The design won the runners-up prize in the competition.