Magical moment at RHS Flower Show
Heritage brick provides the perfect backdrop for flower show success

The rustic appearance of Wienerberger’s famous Rudgwick brick made it the perfect choice for a fairytale garden on display at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Visitors to the prestigious event were delighted by the magical garden “Snow White’s Slumber” designed by Raine Clarke-Wills and Fiona Godman-Dorington, which won bronze in the small garden category.

The pair selected the sumptuous texture of the Rudgwick brick to create a formal courtyard garden in which the floral representations of Snow White, the seven dwarfs and the wicked witch were created. Snow White’s casket, which was made from recycled car parts, was suspended above cascading water. This created an imaginative, theatrical illusion, with the soft planting off-set by the rough texture of the brickwork which made up the external walls and pathways.

Designer Raine Clarke-Wills, of Raine Garden design, said: “The garden concept was a combination of the old and the new, designed to convey the dreamy fairytale scene within a contemporary context, in a way that would inspire visitors to recreate the impression in their own gardens.

“We needed a brick which would fit into that design scheme and had considered using reclaimed brick to create the right finish. However, we were delighted to discover the Rudgwick brick and felt it was the perfect choice to compliment our plan because it is, in itself, a combination of old and new. The Rudgwick’s heritage appearance has the rustic, lived-in look we wanted to achieve, with a range of different colour tones running through its surface. But, because it is a new brick, it is readily available, more affordable than reclaimed and uniform in size, making it easier for us to construct the garden’s walls and pathway?.

“The garden drew a lot of interest from visitors and many mentioned the authentic appearance of the bricks. Some even asked where we had found them, expecting us to say they were reclaimed, so it was a pleasure to inform them that the bricks are new and available for anyone to recreate our design.”

The distinctive characteristics of the textured Rudgwick brick has made it a popular choice for heritage and restoration projects. Manufactured using local weald clay in one of the last remaining clamp-fired kilns in Europe, the bricks are fired slowly to create flashes of distinct colour from reds and purples to blues and yellows. Rudgwick bricks are available in 65mm, 50mm and imperial brick sizes. In addition, the standard brick ranges can be mixed to create a new blend and a variety of bespoke finishes such as tumbling and mortar washes can be readily specified to create a unique finish.

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