Garden design is a complex process. Every garden is different and every client wants something that little bit special to set theirs apart. Faced with the challenge of creating gardens at two of this year’s RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) shows, one of Europe’s leading garden designers has turned to the versatility of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME to help provide stand-out features.
Andrew Fisher Tomlin is well known for creating gardens and landscapes around the world that are stylish and of the highest quality. His creations at this year’s RHS Hampton Court and RHS Chelsea Flower Shows both feature the innovative, engineered timber product, MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME and both won awards. For the Bowel Disease UK garden for Crohn's Disease at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Andrew found that MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME was his material of choice. Used to create the distinctive boundary fencing, the highly durable product enabled him to add that element of individuality by using the centuries old Japanese ‘Shou-Sugi-Ban’ technique of charring wood surfaces.
This ancient, but now rediscovered, practice of burning the surface of the wood, wraps it in a protective layer of carbon, resulting in a stunning crackled finish. The garden was awarded a Gold Medal and Best Summer Garden, receiving perfect marks for its construction and planting with the judges praising the use of unusual and rare plants and the quality of the detail. Commenting on MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME, Andrew Fisher Tomlin said: “When we source materials we look for products that are well made, sustainable and have consistent quality. Proven performance is also essential and a product that can provide long-term exterior use, requiring little or no maintenance, is really good. MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is such a product.” MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is an extremely durable, FSC® certified wood panel benefiting from the latest advancements in proprietary acetylation technology which alters the wood’s chemical structure making it practically impermeable to water and therefore not vulnerable to swelling or shrinkage. Its attractive finish and ease of handling makes it the perfect product choice for a wide variety of applications.
Carrying a 50-year guarantee, it is backed by an assessment by the independent British Board of Agrément (BBA) to provide long-term peace of mind. “It was great to introduce a new material for fencing that people haven’t thought of,” added Andrew Fisher Tomlin. “We found MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME flexible and really easy to work with. The deep black, charred surface we applied gave it a contemporary look which has provided a unique way of framing and showing off the plants in the garden.” A finalist in the RHS Chelsea Product of the Year 2016 and handcrafted by Oxford Planters, Andrew’s Stud Planter and bench was also created from MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME along with ACCOYA wood.
The collection was nominated for the sustainability of the materials, design and its innovative copper-studded band feature which repels pests such as slugs. Sarah Pierce, Oxford Planters’ Director, commented: “MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME was crucial to the design. We chose it because everything we make from it lasts. We’ve been using it for a long time and it’s never let us down. It’s absolutely amazing.”