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Sunday, 18 May 2008

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London - (Horticultural Mess): A sunken Chinese garden has caused quite a stir at this year's Flower Show after depicting a typical Sichuan scene in the aftermath of the recent 7.8 Richter Scale quake.

Shao Fan's 'Sinking Garden (A Forest Within the Chaos of a City)' was commissioned nearly a year ago by Linda Davis and design blueprints were confirmed in January this year.

The designer is a famous, accomplished painter and sculptor who has said he didn't want to create the kind of garden that tourists might see on holiday in Beijing or Canton.

His entry consists of a deep, sunkien pit with a bit of greenery, trees and rocks in it representing "the disappearing values of Chinese culture" according to the official publicity blurb.

"Does it have an authentic radioactively-contaminated themed water-feature?" one of the judges asked today.

The Show opens to the public on Tuesday.

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