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The Coral Desert

Featured product: Polycarbonate

The RHS Hampton Court flower show is the largest annual flower show in the world and well known for designers pushing their creative boundaries to the delight of the thousands of visitors. This year Perspex Distribution has been working with Pod Garden Design to supply polycarbonate sheets for their garden ‘The Coral Desert’.

Supplying a wide range of materials including Perspex® cast acrylic, polycarbonate, aluminium composite and polyester sheets, Perspex Distribution offer the ideal product portfolio to inspire designers. Pod Garden Design have used the Polycarbonate sheets to help create an underwater experience within which visitors can experience a coral world. Zone Creations, approved Perspex® fabricators, have also been working with Pod Garden Design to produce the structure.

The Coral Desert will be exhibited in the Conceptual Garden category and the garden aims to highlight the fragility of the world’s coral reefs, three quarters of which are at risk due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change.

Visitors enter the garden on a bridge across black water representing the environmental pressures to the reef. The visitor crosses through the boundary and enters an underwater world - water on the ceiling refracts the light, and the dark blue translucent walls cocoon the visitor from the outside world. What appears to be a flourishing coral reef is in fact created using cacti and succulents: if we fail to act to save our coral reefs they will become ocean deserts, unable to sustain life.

The garden has been designed to offer a fully immersive experience that challenges all the senses.

While many will recognise the Perspex® brand, we also stock an extensive range of plastic products for structural and decorative requirements such as the polycarbonate sheets used in the Coral Desert.

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show takes place between 3rd – 8th July.

For more information on the Coral Desert Garden visit

To find out more about our Approved Perspex Fabricator visit