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Kipling poem inspires Hampton Court gold garden

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bbc.co.uk NEWS 05/07/2011

Hampton Court ‘Gold’ Garden inspired by ‘My Boy Jack’

A garden built by a Kent landscaper and inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem My Boy Jack has won a gold award at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The Kipling Garden represents Kipling’s search for news of his 18-year-old son, Jack, who was lost in action in World War I in France.

Kipling wrote the poem in 1916 while living at Bateman’s, his home in East Sussex from 1902 to his death in 1936.

It is the first time Goudhurst firm Twig has entered a garden for the show.

Designer Heather Appleton used waves of grasses, sculpted birds and a boardwalk of railway sleepers to tell the story of My Boy Jack.

“The story of Rudyard Kipling searching for his teenage son is so poignant – and moved me to create this garden of quiet contemplation, of remembrance and of peace,” said Ms Appleton.

“Winning gold is a tribute to all those brave sons and daughters who fight for their country.”

The garden is one of six in the English Poets category at the Hampton Court Flower Show, which opened to the public on Tuesday.

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