A sketch of Nicky Gurret’s Double Fantasy Garden which she will enter into the Chelsea Flower Show thanks to sponsorship from a local family. *Image by Nicky Gurret
A sketch of Nicky Gurret’s Double Fantasy Garden which she will enter into the Chelsea Flower Show thanks to sponsorship from a local family. *Image by Nicky Gurret

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5: Architect Nicky Gurret will be able to represent the island at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show after a local family stepped in at the last minute to sponsor her.

The news comes after The Department of Tourism turned down her request for funding to participate in one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world.

Ms Gurret’s entry for the Artisan Garden category is called The Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden.

The garden is inspired by John Lennon’s visit to the island when he himself was inspired by the double fantasy freesia at the Botanical Gardens. His subsequent album was named after the flower.

Ms Gurret said: “Through (the family’s) great generosity, Bermuda will be highlighted.

“Thus at the eleventh hour have I been able to submit the application to exhibit The Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden.”

The proposed garden will feature a statue in the vein of ying yang representing the love that both Yoko and Lennon had for each other. It will also feature the freesia that inspired Lennon as well as a moongate, a cedar bench and an oil painting of the boat that Lennon used to sail here with his son Sean.