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Jo Thompson To Design The Chelsea Barracks Garden At The Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Posted on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:55PM by
 London, November 10th 2015: The Royal Horticultural Society today announced that leading garden designer Jo Thompson will be designing The Chelsea Barracks Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, 2016.

In what will be Jo’s eighth year at the Chelsea Flower Show, she will be presenting a traditional British rose garden, reimagined for the 21st century.

Jo’s design is inspired by the heritage of the Chelsea Barracks site, which neighbours the Royal Hospital (where the Chelsea Flower Show has been held since 1913), with cues taken from the architecture and landscaping of the new development.

“I was excited to be approached about creating a Chelsea Barracks Garden for next year’s Flower Show,” said Jo.  “As a former local resident I used to walk past Chelsea Barracks every day on my way to work and so I was thrilled to have the chance to discover more about the impressive plans for this unique site. I’m also delighted to be designing my eighth garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and look forward to creating something really beautiful for the public to enjoy.”

Roses, with perennial planting between, will be a main feature of the garden. They reference the listed Garrison Chapel, with its stained glass Rose Window, which is preserved as the development's centrepiece. The garden will be a place where people can relax and socialise. A bronze sculpture will pay tribute to the Barracks' former residents. A sculpted stone tidal rill will reference the lost River Westbourne, symbolising its original path under the Chelsea Barracks site.

The Chelsea Barracks Garden is sponsored by Qatari Diar.

About Jo Thompson

With a practice established in 2006 and a portfolio of projects for private, commercial and charitable clients in the UK and abroad, Jo Thompson is one of the UK’s leading garden designers.  Her more public successes include medal winning show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and events in Russia and Japan. She was named a Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ in 2014. Jo is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor to RHS Rosemoor.  She is also Chair of the RHS Hampton Court Summer Gardens selection panel and a visiting tutor at the London College of Garden Design. Jo’s style is established as quintessentially British with a contemporary twist.  She is also recognised for working with, and introducing, high calibre British craftspeople.

In October 2015 Jo was recognised for her personal contribution to society at the 60th anniversary ‘Women of the Year’ lunch, for women who have achieved something of significance. She has also spoken about the need for more female garden and landscape designers to have the chance to showcase their talents in the very testing and high profile environment created by shows such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


About Chelsea Barracks

Chelsea Barracks sees the establishment of a unique London neighbourhood of a kind and quality that has not been seen in the capital city for over 100 years. In keeping with the traditional style and rich heritage of the neighbouring Belgravia streets, the properties will be designed around traditional garden squares, incorporating acres of green space, which will be beautifully landscaped for both residents and the local community to enjoy. The highest standards of traditional British architecture and craftsmanship are integral to every part of Chelsea Barracks, celebrating British heritage and creating a legacy for future generations to come.

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