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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 23rd to 27th May 2017
2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th May 2017
2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th May 2016
2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
19th - 23rd May 2015
Tuesday - Friday (19-22 May) 8am-8pm
Saturday (23 May) 8am-5:30pm *
* sell off 4pm
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Best Show Garden 2015
The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden
Designed by Dan Pearson
Built by Crocus
Sponsored by Champagne Laurent-Perrier
Viewed from all sides, this garden creates a beautiful representation of a small – less trodden – part of the 105 acre Chatsworth Garden. In line with designer Dan Pearson’s passion for naturalism and the wilder side of gardening, the exhibit is inspired by Chatsworth’s ornamental Trout Stream and Paxton’s rockery. Planting reflects the lightness, freshness and delicacy of the 200-year-old family-owned Champagne House.
A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane
Designed by James Basson
Built by Peter Dowle
Sponsored by L’Occitane
The perfume industry in Grasse has been in decline for several years and many of the traditional plantations have become overgrown; but now with the support of ecologically sensitive companies like L'Occitane, the industry is experiencing a significant renaissance. The garden is designed to reflect this, with historic elements and a naturalistic view to represent the history of the perfume industry, combined with an emerging, more tended feel that shows the importance of Grasse in the current perfume industry.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden
Designed by Darren Hawkes Landscapes
Built by Bowles and Wyer with Wheelbarrow
Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
This unique garden features more than 40,000 pieces of hand-cut slate that form the surface of the suspended platforms. These platforms hover above ferns, Aquilega, Dicentra and other woodland edge plants, highlighting the fragility of fresh summer growth. The garden forms are inspired by prehistoric dolmens and quoits as well as modernist architecture, referencing renowned sculptors such as James Turell and Richard Serra.
The garden features an underground stream that is glimpsed through well openings, one of which is illuminated by sunlight shining through a hole in the platform above. The layers of history in the garden and modern approach draw parallels with Brewin Dolphin's history and heritage and its forward-thinking approach to business.
The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth
Designed by Harry and David Rich
Built by Rich Landscapes, Big Fish Landscapes
Sponsored by Cloudy Bay & Bord na Mona
Harry and David Rich have designed the Cloudy Bay Garden – in association with Bord na Mona – to reflect the tasting notes and characteristics of two of Cloudy Bay’s popular wines. It is a garden in which to enjoy wine, taking you from the fresh and clean tones of a Pinot Noir with planting in red, purples and plums to the floral, dark and earthy tones of a Sauvignon Blanc with light white and green planting.
A contemporary moveable shack in the centre of the garden reflects the vineyard’s heritage, giving different perspectives of the garden and creating a fluid and adaptable space. The boundary conceals pull out seats and a table that folds down to reveal an art piece. British Native Field maple and Hawthorn trees deepen the natural feeling crafting a layered canopy over the garden. The large water feature mirrors the dimensions of the shack and portrays the clean, crisp character of the white Sauvignon Blanc.
The Homebase Garden - Urban Retreat
Designed by Adam Frost
Built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces
Sponsored by Homebase
The garden is inspired by the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer and the balance of nature and the man-made environment. The garden is intended to sit comfortably in the urban environment and form a place for a small inner-city community to come together.
The three main materials are Portland cement concrete, corten steel and cedar, which reflect the imagined urban landscape. The planting is mainly ornamental and wildlife-friendly.
The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden
Designed by Chris Beardshaw
Built by Keith Chapman Landscapes
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is making its debut as a Chelsea sponsor with a show garden designed by Chris Beardshaw to mark the firm’s global Healthy Cities initiative. After the show, the garden will be transferred almost entirely to form the centrepiece of a new community project that is being launched by Morgan Stanley in East London.
Within the design Chris has considered the mechanism of what makes a city healthy and, by definition, what creates a healthy community. The formal geometry of paths, hedges and walls symbolise the physical infrastructure of a community, while vibrant plants denote the social elements within as they are diverse in origin, colour and character but work together to form a successful community.
The Telegraph Garden
Designed by Marcus Barnett
Built by crocus.co.uk
Sponsored by The Telegraph
Marcus Barnett has designed a garden inspired by the De Stijl Movement. The Telegraph Garden reflects strong rectilinear geometry with coloured blocks contributing colour and textural relief, whether viewing from within or when viewed from above. Two walls punctuate the boundary hedges and act as canvas foils to the plants and garden. Trees and hedges introduce vertical detailing, sculptural form and dappled shade, forming the main structural elements and complementing a series of paths and waterways.
Plants have been selected to provide harmonious tonal balance and textural contrast within rectilinear planting spaces. Vibrant primary colours and closely related tones used by the De Stijl Movement are emphasised, with restful and balancing foils of green and white.
2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
20 - 21 May RHS members only
22 - 24 May RHS members and non-members
Time: 21 - 24 May 8am-8pm
24 May 8am-5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
Champagne corks fly at 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
Champagne will be flowing as the Laurent-Perrier garden has won both RHS Gold and Best Show Garden in the 101st year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. The award is Luciano Giubbilei’s third RHS Gold medal at RHS Chelsea.
Six Show Gardens were awarded RHS Gold Medals at the world-famous flower show, with seven Silver-Gilt and one Silver and Bronze respectively. The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Garden is the 16th garden from the family-owned Champagne house.
Alex Denman, RHS Head of Shows Development, said: “The RHS Chelsea Flower Show stands for the highest levels of horticultural excellence, and the exhibitors this year have demonstrated their incredible level of knowledge and ability with their fantastic exhibits.
“The achievement of Laurent-Perrier is fantastic. The attention to detail and evocative feel of the stunning garden from Luciano is a great tribute to his skill as well as the growers and landscapers who have contributed to their garden.”
Hugo Bugg, the designer behind the RBC Waterscape Garden won his first ever RHS Gold medal at RHS Chelsea. Cleve West also won a RHS Gold medal for his Persian paradise inspired show garden for M&G Investments, as did Charlotte Rowe for the ABF The Soldier’s Charity Garden and Adam Frost for the Homebase Garden.
The Mind’s Eye, designed for RNIB was awarded the title of Best Fresh Garden*. The garden represents images or scenes which can be captured without the need for sight. Togenkyo - A Touch of Paradise achieved an RHS Gold Medal and the title of Best Artisan Garden** for their garden inspired by the fable of Togenkyo, a place of beautiful scenery that helps people to forget their troubles but once visited can never be revisited.
Over half of the nurseries and growers within the Great Pavilion, the floral heart of the show, achieved RHS Gold Medals for their displays. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best display in the Great Pavilion which was introduced in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, was awarded to South West in Bloom for their display celebrating 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom.
Birmingham City Council has been awarded the President’s Award*** for their display of Remembrance commemorates the start of World War I 1914. The garden, with its trench and ‘cannon water feature’, and was one of the exhibits Her Majesty the Queen visited. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANB) – Kirstenbosch, with their display of South African wildflowers, were among the 32 exhibits in the Great Pavilion awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal. Pennard Plants also won an RHS Silver Gilt for their The Gardeners have all gone! 1914 – 1918 exhibit.
Another Great Pavilion exhibit, the Botanic Nursery, were awarded an RHS Gold medal, for the display of their national collection of Digitalis (foxgloves), a flower which was used extensively throughout the show gardens at this year’s show. Walkers Bulbs who launched their ‘Georgie boy’ daffodil yesterday also won RHS Gold.
The Laurent-Perrier garden has won both RHS Gold and Best Show Garden in the 101st year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Exhibitor: Laurent-Perrier UK Ltd
Garden Name: The Laurent-Perrier Garden
Sponsor(s): Laurent-Perrier UK Ltd Designer(s): Luciano Giubbilei
Exhibitor website: www.laurent-perrier.com
Exhibitor address: France
Media contact name: Hannah Clifford
Media contact email: email@example.com Media contact number: 020 7257 6470 / 07734 432 696
The Laurent-Perrier Garden has been designed to reflect the idea of physical composition through layering. It continues Luciano Giubbilei’s interest in texture, form and light and it explores the idea of physical composition through layering.
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
It is a cool, contemplative garden showing how the more natural elements interplay with a simple geometric layout. The intention is to invite the visitor to explore the concept of stillness and movement through the relationship created between the contrasting forms and materials that the garden is composed of.
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
The garden is formed by a series of defined layers and the planting is made up of delicate forms alongside stronger bolder leaves: the walls are a combination of metal patina and raw concrete; the stone surfaces have contrasting finishes; the flow and reflection of water gives life and movement to the garden. Ursula von Rydingsvard’s arresting, timeless forms, constructed in roughly hewn layers of cedar, contribute to the garden’s exploration of composition and texture.
Exhibitor: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Garden Name: No Man’s Land: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Garden to Mark the Centenary of World War One
Sponsor(s): Bechtel, Coutts Designer(s): Charlotte Rowe Contractor: Outdoor Options Plants supplied by: Kelways Plants
Exhibitor website: www.soldierscharity.org Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Wendy Searle
Media contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Media contact tel no: 0845 504 0658 / 07854 497128
The No Man’s Land garden marks the centenary of the First World War which takes place in 2014. It reflects on how the damaging effects of the war were felt, not only by the people involved and their families, but also by the landscape on which the battles were fought. The garden was inspired by the haunting images of the war depicted by artists who fought in WWI such as John and Paul Nash.
The garden is a modern day representation of the landscape of 1914 and serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and suffering faced by soldiers 100 years ago. The title ‘No Man’s Land’ not only reflects the historic experience, but also has resonance today. Any soldier, veteran or their family can find themselves in a modern day ‘No Man’s Land’ and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity exists to support those soldiers in times of greatest need.
The aim of this garden is to remember the conflict and reflect on how the landscape of the Western Front which, though changed forever, has regenerated and ‘healed.’ This is a metaphor for the effect of war on the human body and spirit and its capacity to recover.
The planting is separated into distinct zones: a native and naturalised hedgerow; rough grass with some down-land planting; open woodland with low level planting; waterside and marginal planting; and a lost gardens area with a mix of ornamental and low level ground cover planting.
This is the first garden that Charlotte Rowe has designed for an RHS Show.
Exhibitor: Auderset & Fischer Garden Name: The Extending Space
Designers: Nicole Fischer and Daniel Auderset Contractor: PC Landscapes
Plants supplied by: Roger Platts
Exhibitor website: www.audersetfischerdesign.com Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Jane Southcott
Media contact email: Jane@janesouthcottpr.co.uk Media contact tel no: 01275 852026
The Extending Space garden is inspired by the variety of landscapes found within the protected Pfyn Forest National Park in the Swiss Valais region, which is not only one of Europe’s last remaining large pine forests but also home to one of the most significant and diverse meadowlands in Switzerland.
The garden explores the spatial experience found in the forest edge where views are framed and enveloped by trees and shrubs which then recede to offer glimpses of distant wildflower meadows and the river and lake beyond. The hard landscaping in the garden design is used to heighten this overall spatial experience. The focal point is a striking Pine pergola which emerges organically from the hedging and uses the widening space between the beams to create an extending perspective.
There is a variety of planting which highlights the diversity of some of the plant species found in the microclimates of Pfyn Forest National Park, from the pine forest floor through to those on the Rho?ne flooded wildflower meadows and the warm and dry plains.
Designers Daniel Auderset and Nicole Fischer are both recently qualified in garden design at Inchbald School of Design. This is their first ever show garden.
Exhibitor: Bartholomew Landscaping and Stoke-on-Trent City Council Partnership Garden Name: Positively Stoke-on-Trent
Designer(s): Bartholomew Landscaping and Stoke-on-Trent City Council Contractor: Bartholomew Landscaping
Exhibitor address: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Media contact name: Jeremy Herbert
Media contact email: Jeremy.Herbert2@stoke.gov.uk Media contact tel no: 01782 232621
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
The ‘Positively Stoke-on-Trent’ garden concept was prepared by the City Council Team and will be developed and delivered by Bartholomew Landscaping. It represents a city with a new clarity of purpose and new sources of energy. It draws on the city’s natural resources and plugs directly into the new dynamics and a new era of growth.
The garden’s clear lines, circuits, solar panels and high-tech materials, reflect the technological revolution. The glass pavilion reflects water, earth and air: the city’s emerging sustainable energy ambitions.
The planting is inspired by nature’s re-colonisation of Stoke-on-Trent, reconnecting the city to nature and a cleaner and greener future. The garden conveys Stoke-on-Trent’s energy as a dynamic and creative place of opportunity for all.
Birch, Amelanchier, grasses, ferns and flowering perennials create a naturalised woodland feel which gradually transforms to a more formal style with ornamental plants delivering the simplicity and beauty of a future proofed urban garden environment. Edible landscapes are blossoming in the city and the garden will include plants such as wild strawberry to reflect this productive theme.
Exhibitor: Bord Na Mona
Garden Name: Vital Earth: The Night Sky Garden
Sponsor(s): Bord Na Mona Designer(s): Harry and David Rich Contractor: Rich Landscapes
Plants supplied by: Dingle Nurseries
Exhibitor website: www.thegreenergardener.com Exhibitor address: Bridgewater, Somerset
Media contact name: Kate Newton
Media contact email: email@example.com Media contact tel no: 01889 598600 / 07768 714406
Vital Earth: The Night Sky Garden has been designed as a space for Beechwood College, in Cardiff, and not only provides an opportunity for star gazing, but also a connection to the natural landscape. The Rich brothers’ design is inspired by star constellations and the different forms and elements of a star. The garden will be a naturalistic, calm environment where the children can learn about both land and space. The garden also aims to raise awareness of light pollution affecting our ability to see the sky at night.
The garden contains two circular pools which represent black holes and reflect the night sky, as well as an oak structure with indoor space and a rooftop platform which is accessed by a spiral staircase and is suitable for relaxing and viewing the night’s sky.
A range of different sized boulders protrude from the garden, resembling fallen meteors, while the planting has been chosen to echo the spiralling Milky Way with blues, whites, purples and oranges. Anthriscus sylvestris, acanthus hungaricus, tiarella cordifolia and digitalis purpurea albiflora help create a white, starry effect with tones of salvia verticillata and achillea walther funcke. The cloud-like, solid form of Buxus sempervirens allows the transition between the harsh stone and soft planting, subtly linking the two.
Serpentine stone walls provide a subtle structure to the space and the boundary hedge draws back to reveal irregular copper discs contrasting against the dark backdrop and resembling star constellations in the night’s sky.
The garden is sponsored by Bord Na Mo?na, Ireland’s leading environmentally responsible integrated utility provider. The company drives initiatives in green electricity, fuels, resource recovery, water and horticulture, where it leads the way in peat reduction.
David (23) and Harry (26) are two of the youngest RHS Chelsea garden designers at this year’s Show having previously designed gardens at RHS Flower Show Cardiff in 2012 winning a Silver-Guilt medal and the title of ‘Best Show Garden’; BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2012; and RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 winning a Gold medal for their Un Garreg (One Stone) garden.
The garden will be relocated to Beechwood Autistic College following the Show.
Exhibitor: BrandAlley UK
Garden Name: The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden
Sponsor(s): BrandAlley UK
Designer(s): Paul Hervey-Brookes
Contractor: Big Fish Landscapes
Plants supplied by: Hillier, Chichester Trees & Shrubs, Practicality Brown, Coblands
Exhibitor website: www.brandalley.co.uk Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Kristina Laslett
Media contact email: Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org Media contact tel no: 0207 565 6631 / 07768035314
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Inspired by designer Paul Hervey-Brookes’ time working on the restoration of a Renaissance garden in Italy, the overall theme of The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden is about creating the ultimate aspirational lifestyle experience.
The garden is principally inspired by three Renaissance gardens on the Italian Riviera: Palazzo Doria Tursi, Villia Cambiaso and Villa Durazzo Centurione.
Formal in its appearance, the garden draws elements from the three major evolutions in garden design from the Renaissance period including the early Renaissance use of clipped hedges to create rooms; the Imperial Renaissance use of formal sculpture and buildings; and the late Renaissance idea of water play in grotto fountains and jets. A key feature of the garden is the bespoke casts of busts, created in Rome, to accentuate the Italian revival theme.
The selected plants are based on what would authentically be found in Italy whilst being suitable for cultivation in the UK. The colour scheme is intended to capture the harmonious balance of both the romantic atmosphere and the formality found in the Renaissance gardens that have directly inspired the design. Clipped hedges and structural plants (Buxus, hornbeam, Cypress and Alnus) give the garden the formal and identifiable feel, while soft lilac, purples, pinks and creamy white colours are picked up in the flowers and foliage plants used (Anchusa italica, Digitalis, Malva, Sanguisorba, Daucus), to create the sense of romanticism associated with the Italian Renaissance.
BrandAlley first exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 with the Naturally Fashionable Garden designed by Nick Dexter and designer Paul Hervey-Brookes returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show to design his second BrandAlley garden. He has previously created gardens for Bradstone in 2010 and the RNIB in 2011, which won a Silver and Silver- Gilt Medal respectively.
Exhibitor: Brewin Dolphin
Garden Name: The Brewin Dolphin Garden
Sponsor(s): Brewin Dolphin Designer(s): Matthew Childs Contractor: Bowes and Wyer Contracts Plants supplied by: Hortus Loci
Media contact name: Sarah Keane / Bridget O’Connor
Media contact email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Media contact tel no: 020 3201 3108 / 020 3201 3330
Exhibitor website: www.brewin.co.uk/chelsea Exhibitor address: London
The Brewin Dolphin Garden, created by Matthew Childs, captures the tranquillity and calmness of a fresh morning. The garden is about possibilities and nurturing potential for the future. The still, restful spaces surrounded by fresh, lush planting reflect Brewin Dolphin’s long heritage of cultivating and preserving wealth. Archways, generous paths and sculpture are all symbolic of future opportunities set within a peaceful space.
The garden is designed in a contemporary way for a professional couple to provide them with a place in which to relax. It features bold, engaging elements such as patinated copper archways and a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Peter Brooke-Ball.
The planting is a fresh colour palette of greens, yellows, whites and creams with a delicate mix of perennials, ferns, hostas and grasses. These weave beneath the dappled canopies of multi-stemmed Betula nigra and Acer and are punctuated with the dense, loosely globe-like forms of Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'. As with the hard landscaping, there are contrasts in mood within the planting with accents of claret and purple which symbolise preserved wealth from a nurtured approach. Although not designed to be specifically from one geographic area, there are strong Asiatic influences within the planting scheme.
In 2012 Matthew Childs achieved a Gold medal and the 'Best in Category' award for his first RHS garden Light at the End of the Tunnel at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The garden was inspired by his recovery from having been injured in the London Bombings of 7 July 2005. In 2013 Matthew returned to RHS Hampton Court, designing a Show Garden for Ecover which was awarded a Gold medal and ‘Best Show Garden’. The Brewin Dolphin Garden 2014 will be Matthew’s first appearance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Garden design and horticulture students from KLC School of Design and Kew Gardens will be helping to plant the garden.
Exhibitor: Cloudy Bay
Garden Name: Cloudy Bay Sensations Garden
Sponsor(s): Cloudy Bay
Designer(s): Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson Contractor: Outdoor Room
Plants supplied by: Hortus Loci
Exhibitor website: www.cloudybay.co.nz Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Gavin McWilliam / Maria Ines Pina
Media contact email: Gavin@wmstudio.co.uk / email@example.com Media contact tel no: 0203 002 6601 / 0207 8084410
Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson have designed the Cloudy Bay Sensations Garden to reflect the tasting notes of the Cloudy Bay wines. Using this as the basic concept, planting and flower colours, perfumes and textures are used to visualise the sensations experienced when drinking the wine.
Flower colour is used to create a splash of sensational shades across the garden. Deep blackberry notes contrast with raspberry reds and softer pinks, drifting into frothy whites and pale gooseberry tones. Roses, irises and peonies create intense colour depth and perfumes, set against a simple palette of oak and hazel coppice, woodland grasses and sweet woodruff. Gooseberry, raspberry and redcurrant are dotted through the naturalistic planting. To the front of the garden the colour planting drifts into soft ornamental grasses and bulbs. A specimen medlar and a pomegranate create foreground interest.
Oak and charred oak are combined with limestone surfaces and sparkling water to complete the design as a garden of sensory delight. Tall oak panels create a sense of elegance and oak and hazel coppice with woodland fruit contrast the drama of the colour swathe that splashes across the garden.
Since forming Wilson McWilliam Studio in 2005, Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson have won numerous national and international awards for their work, including winning Cloudy Bay a Silver-Gilt at RHS Chelsea 2013 for the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden.
Exhibitor: The Telegraph
Garden Name: The Telegraph Garden
Sponsor(s): The Telegraph Garden
Designer(s): Tommaso del Buono – Del Buono Gazerwitz Landscape Design Contractor: Crocus
Exhibitor website: www.telegraph.co.uk Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Emily Dufton / Charlotte Cornwell / Olivia Pay / Sheila Thompson Media contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Media contact tel no: 0207 931 2171 (Emily) / 0207 932 1599 (BLJ)
Tommaso del Buono has designed an Italian garden for the modern era, combining some of the guiding principles of Italy’s great historical tradition, re-interpreted in a 21st century idiom. The inspiration for the garden was revisiting the components traditionally found in the great historical Italian gardens to create a bold and uncompromising modern garden. The function of the space is to create a peaceful and beautiful environment to be enjoyed, in which one can rest and relax.
All the plants included within the garden are both appropriate and suitable for the conditions typically found in the north of Italy – the garden will be enclosed on two sides by a Bay (Laurus nobilis) hedge and shaded at both ends by the canopy of 12 ‘roof trained’ Plane trees (Platanus acerifolia).
The sunken area at the heart of the garden will be punctuated by domes of clipped box (Buxus sempervirens) and Osmanthus burkwoodii, softened by a range of herbaceous plants in deep blues, lime green with a touch of deep pink.
Exhibitor: First Touch
Garden Name: A Garden for First Touch at St George’s
Sponsor(s): St George's Hospital Trust, Landscape Associates and Tendercare Nursery Designer(s): Patrick Collins
Contractor: LDC Limited/Designscape UK Ltd
Plants supplied by: Tendercare / Quercus Plant Procurement
Exhibitor website: www.first-touch.org.uk Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Patrick Collins
Media contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Media contact tel no: 07792 930303
A Garden for First Touch at St George’s is inspired by the strength and determination shown by premature babies and their families on their often long and difficult journeys.
The main feature of the garden is a water course which flows through a stylised valley and represents the journey that premature babies and their families follow. It has a turbulent source, but becomes gentler further downstream as the journey progresses. On either side sculptural terraces, representing contours in the landscape, are planted with a variety of alpines and herbaceous perennials.
The colour scheme is pink, mauve and purple. However the colour and textural qualities of foliage is also very important. Key plants include dwarf mountain pines (Pinus mugo) and river birch (Betula nigra).The garden also features a living wall which uses the latest hydroponic technology which is a very efficient and clean process for growing living walls.
The garden will be built with the help of students from St George’s Medical School as well as the parents of some of the children who were born on the neonatal unit.
Patrick Collins returns to RHS Chelsea for the sixth time. He has previously designed four Gold medals winning gardens including last year’s First Touch Garden in the Fresh Category.
Patrick’s own daughter was born very prematurely and spent her first four months on the neonatal unit at St George’s. The work of First Touch and the dedication of the doctors and nurses and other staff have inspired him to design this garden as a celebration of the work they do.
Exhibitor: Help for Heroes
Garden Name: Hope on the Horizon
Sponsor(s): David Brownlow
Designer(s): Matthew Keightley
Contractor: Farr & Roberts
Plants supplied by: The Palm Centre & Treetop Landscapes
Exhibitor website: www.helpforheroes.org.uk Exhibitor address: Sailisbury, Wiltshire
Media contact name: Charlotte Ashton
Media contact email: email@example.com Media contact tel no: 0845 054 7524
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
Hope on the Horizon represents the complex and progressive path towards recovery experienced by wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their families. The Help for Heroes ethos is to inspire, enable and support those heroes during their recovery and to draw inspiration from their journey from damaged and distressed beginnings, to strong and confident hope-filled futures.
Granite blocks represent the soldiers’ physical being and the planting represents their mental being. Both evolve through the garden from a rough, unfinished, over-grown beginning through to a perfectly sawn, structured end.
(Copyright Credit RHS / Neil Hepworth)
An avenue of hornbeams draws the attention through the entire garden to a sculpture resembling a hopeful horizon; a reminder to the soldiers that they all have a bright future ahead. As well as areas to recline and reflect, the garden offers focal points all the way through.
Cool, calming colours are used throughout, helping to emphasise the fact that it will be a serene, contemplative space. The planting will flow from white through to blues and purples, using such plants as Acanthus mollis, Agapanthus 'Peter Pan', Digitalis purpurea, Geranium 'Johnson's Blue', Helleborus argutifolius, Lupinus 'Gallery Blue', and Tulipa 'Double Maureen'. Structural specimens, such as Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ and Buxus sempervirens, will represent the soldiers’ regimented nature.
After the Show, the garden will be moved and set within the grounds at Help for Heroes Chavasse VC House in Colchester, Essex. The garden will offer a serene, peaceful haven to contemplate and inspire a bright future and to support the challenging journey to recovery.
Matthew Keightley (29) began his landscape design career at the age of 17. His international experience includes garden consultations and designs in Paris and Cairo, as well as Perth, Australia. From the modern, urban spaces of Chelsea and Kensington in London, to the expansive, traditional and Kent countryside and Henley-on-Thames riverbanks. This will be his first RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden.
The concept was inspired as a result of Matthew’s brother’s involvement with the armed forces, having served on four tours to Afghanistan and due for his fifth next year. This, paired with his admiration for the work Help for Heroes do, was the starting point for his design work.
Garden Name: The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect
Sponsor(s): Homebase Designer(s): Adam Frost Contractor: Outdoor Room
Exhibitor website: www.homebase.co.uk
Exhibitor address: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Media contact name: Sharon Barclay
Media contact email: Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org Media contact tel no: 01908 603 462 / 07768 818323
Designer Adam Frost has themed The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect on memories, and has taken inspiration from his father’s passion for stone, water, wildlife and the countryside. The design demonstrates how a person’s memories can inspire a family garden and provide a gentle space to find, discover and enjoy each other’s company. The garden, which uses natural and crafted stonework, is intended to provide a multi-generational area as somewhere to experience the living world and spend time gardening, cooking or just relaxing.
Copper is showcased in the rills that snake down through the garden and references a copper mine, feeding water from the top arbour down through two pools, which also attract wildlife. The different levels help to create a sense of movement with boulders creating a second pathway through the garden.
The heather-clad gazebo roof undulates as a reflection of the moors and provides somewhere to shelter, cook together as a family, and enjoy the views of the garden. Other views can be enjoyed from the sculpted timber seating which have been inspired by a simple seed pod. The planting is ornamental and wildlife-friendly, evoking memories of time spent in the English countryside.
Adam Frost returns to RHS Chelsea following a Gold medal win for Homebase with his design for Sowing the Seeds of Change in 2013.
Homebase launched a ground-breaking Garden Academy Scheme in September 2013 to help raise the profile of a career in gardening and to inspire young people to get into gardening.
Fourteen, young apprentices will experience the following whilst on the 10 month scheme:
• Based in a Homebase transformation store learning Garden retailing and confidence to
• 1 day per month with Adam Frost, learning about planning and design
• 1 day per month with a specially selected partner/supplier to develop product knowledge
• 1 day per month in a classroom at RHS Wisley, learning the trade with the successful
candidate’s gaining RHS level 1 Award in practical horticulture
In addition to successfully completing the scheme, candidates will be given £1,000 and a job in a Homebase ‘garden transformation store’. The best of the class will go on to help Adam build the Chelsea 2014 garden.
Exhibitor: M&G Investments Garden Name: The M&G Garden
Sponsor(s): M&G Investments Designer(s): Cleve West Contractor: Swatton Landscape Plants supplied by: Hortus Loci Ltd
Exhibitor website: www.mandg.co.uk Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Iman Asante / Tori Dance
Media contact email: Iman.Asante@MandG.co.uk / email@example.com Media contact tel no: 020 7548 2079 / 0207 221 7883
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Award-winning designer, Cleve West returns to RHS Chelsea with a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Paradise Garden’ to show that the earliest ideas of what defined outdoor ‘Paradise spaces’ still hold true in English gardens today. He seeks to blend timeless aspects of ancient garden design whilst drawing on the established canon of British planting and craftsmanship.
The concept of the ‘Paradise Garden’ was invented by the Persians more than 1,000 years ago and used water, shade and planting for sanctuary and contemplation. The garden acknowledges the continuing influence of this theme and celebrates the ideas of early civilisations that still hold true today.
The design is part of a larger garden and contains a tall centrepiece in the shape of an octagonal fountain within a sunken base and constructed from traditional British materials such as Bath limestone and flint. Its water flows into four rills, through a stone-edged sunken terrace and into an octagonal perimeter.
Behind the fountain, flanked by yew hedging, is a stone relief depicting the designer’s interpretation of the Tree of Life. Painstakingly engraved in five panels the limestone feature stands two and a half metres in height and is four metres across. It portrays only the tree’s roots reaching out to the planting below, giving life to The M&G Garden. The relief also symbolises the roots of many gardens throughout the world, including traditional English gardens that have been derived from the ancient paradise gardens of Persia, Italy and Greece.
Arithmetic and ancient science inform other aspects of the design. The number four – representing the classical elements of earth, water, air and fire – is acknowledged. Around the fountain are four trees, with each tree sitting in a bed of planting made up of perennials, bulbs and grasses including acanthus, melica, centranthus and bupleurum.
Either side of the fountain and the four trees are limestone steps rising to large gravel beds with bay balls and rosemary, providing the structure among which perennials, bulbs and herbs jostle for position.
Key flora are; English Yew (Taxus baccata), Hairy Canary Clover (Dorycnicum hirsutum), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Hairy Melic (Melica ciliata), Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus ‘Rue Ledan’), Silver Mound (Artemisia schmiidtiana), Centaurea ‘Phoenix Hybrids’, Dianthus carthusianorum ‘Miss Farrow’, Gillenia trifoliata, Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea), Senecio polyodon, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Euphorbia ‘Compton Ash’, Mint (Mentha sp.) and Thyme (Thymus sp.).
The garden is yet another showcase of how British garden design has evolved, but with many recurring trends that have stood the test of time; an approach that upholds M&G Investments’ own company values.
Cleve West has won a total of seven RHS Gold Medals (four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show) and three awards for innovative garden design. His 2008 garden for Bupa at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show won the RHS People's Choice award and more recently, Cleve has won the coveted Best Show Garden two years in succession for The Daily Telegraph in 2011 and Brewin Dolphin in 2012.
Exhibitor: Royal Bank of Canada
Garden Name: RBC Waterscape Garden – Embrace the Rain
Sponsor(s): Royal Bank of Canada
Designer(s): Hugo Bugg
Contractor: Himalayan Landscaping & Landscape Associates Plants supplied by: Hortus Loci
Exhibitor website: www.rbc.com/bluewater Exhibitor address: London
Media contact name: Timi Oni / Katy Aalto
Media contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Media contact tel no: 0770 273 4122 / 0753 175 6856
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For the fourth year in a row, Royal Bank of Canada returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this time with the RBC Waterscape Garden – Embrace the Rain, a contemporary garden which illustrates global water issues while demonstrating practical solutions for home gardeners and commercial landscapes.
Hugo Bugg’s design shows how water management features which occur in nature can be replicated in bold and innovative ways. Mimicking the natural watershed, water will be directed through the garden at different gradients and speeds. Drawing on inspiration from the parched effects caused by extreme global weather, the design is layered with naturally- occurring geometric patterns. The resulting angles expose and conceal sections of the garden, enticing visitors to walk round and through the space to find out more.
The garden will include innovative and sustainable concrete applications, showcasing a new moulding procedure and resulting in dramatic and creative surfaces.
Blues, lime-greens and yellows are predominant colours in the planting scheme including Iris bullyana, Iris robustra ‘Gerald Darby’, Euphorbia 'Whistleberry Garnet' and Geum 'Lemondrops'. A variety of plants will have different roles in the garden's filtration, rain garden, and retention pools, inviting unusual combinations and contrasts including Juncus inflexus, Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' and Amsonia tabernaemontana.
The garden showcases storm water management and alternatives to lawn and traditional paving. In retaining water, opportunities for biodiversity will be increased - for example, frogs and newts. There will be a range of trees, grasses and herbaceous perennials which will attract, give shelter to, and provide food for birds and insects.
The RBC Waterscape Garden will be Hugo Bugg’s first RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden. Hugo (26) was named Young Designer of the Year in 2010 with his designs winning two gold medals at RHS flower shows including RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011 and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2010 where he also won ‘Best Show Garden’. RBC has sponsored gardens at RHS Chelsea for the last three years winning them a Gold and two Silver-Gilt medals.
The design is in keeping with the aims of the goals of RBC Blue Water Project - a wide- ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources. The initiative focuses on supporting projects that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized areas.
The intention is for the garden to be relocate into Myatt’s Fields Park, London, by Streetscape, the Landscape charity and social enterprise. Here the garden will act as both a showcase for urban water management and as a working educational tool for local young landscape apprentices. It will be used as a community garden and for hosting open days and corporate volunteering events.
Exhibitor: Kate Gould Gardens
Garden Name: From the Moors to the Sea
Sponsor(s): RHS Garden
Designer(s): Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould
Contractor: Mark Gregory Landform Consultants
Plants supplied by: Kelways, Deepdale and Europlants UK Ltd
Exhibitor website: www.kategouldgardens.com Exhibitor address: Radlett, Hertfordshire
Media contact name: Jean Ralph / Wendy Bull
Media contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Media contact tel no: 01727 751 878
The garden is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and of Alan’s own 50 years in horticulture. The garden itself is split into two distinct areas, a raised upper section of moorland with wild turf and flowers, native hedging and Pine and Birch trees linked by a gently meandering stream to a lower coastal section where nature has been tamed to create a private haven. Palms and large shrubs provide privacy and some shade against the rocky backdrop and a small beach hut creates shelter and a place to sit and reflect.
The moorland contains native plants most of which are small and interesting and attract wildlife; Sanicula, Mercurialis and Sundews are woven through a rough turf and meadow grass tapestry through which ferns and tussock forming grasses provide larger punctuation. The coastal garden is by contrast an actively gardened space with plants that will thrive in the mild climate by the sea: Echium, Agapanthus, Cordyline australis, Teucrium and Kniphofia to name a few.
Kate Gould has appeared at the Chelsea Flower show in six previous years, winning 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver Gilt and 1 Silver medal.
This is the first time Alan has designed a garden at the world’s most famous horticultural event for almost 30 years, when he was awarded an RHS Gold Medal in 1985 for his Country Kitchen Garden.
The 2014 show will be as exciting as ever and plans are already gathering momentum! Here are just a few of the highlights at this stage:
Details of the show, fresh and artisan gardens have now been published - find out about the themes and styles of this year's gardens in the garden directory
In the Great Pavilion, new exhibitors include Drointon Nurseries, City of Cape Town, Creative Garden Design and PW Bamboo, whilst longstanding exhibitor Hilliers will be creating a stunning display on the Monument site at the heart of the Great Pavilion to mark their 150th anniversary
Other anniversary displays in the Great Pavilion include NAFAS’s display celebrating their Emerald anniversary (55 years) titled “A Green Thought in a Green Shade”, a one-off display by Perennial marking their 175 years of support for horticulturists and a stunning display by South West in Bloom highlighting “Fifty Golden Years of Bloom”
Birmingham City Council’s Great Pavilion display will remember those who were involved in the First World War. Hooksgreen Herbs are staging a herb garden inspired by Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories, and there will be an exciting fusion of garden design and floristry inspired by Royal Leamington Spa sponsored by BID Leamington Ltd in association with Creative Garden Design
Pattaya City & Nong Nooch Botanical Garden’s evocative and colourful display will celebrate “Thailand: Our Pride, Our Monarch & Our Cultural Heritage”, whilst Sallis Chandler are working with M&S and Finlays to create “Nature’s Helpers: Bees-Butterflies-Bugs”, highlighting ways in which cut flower producers can work in harmony with pollinators and beneficial insects
New for 2014, Discovery (in the Great Pavilion) replaces RHS Environment and showcases the best scientific and educational exhibits from the world of horticulture
May 20–24 2014: 8am–8pm
May 24: 8am–5:30pm (sell off 4pm)
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 award winners:
A record breaking 92 exhibits have won coveted gold medals in the centenary year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, overcoming a late spring to achieve one of the most prestigious awards in horticulture.
For the first time, 10 Show Gardens were awarded RHS Gold Medals at the world-famous flower show, with Fleming’s Nurseries winning the title of Best Show Garden. Flemings, from Victoria in Australia, have created a garden at the show nine times, and won five gold medals in the past, but this is the first time they have taken the title. Their garden showcases native, Australian plants and demonstrates the possibilities of sustainable landscaping within an urban setting.
Bob Sweet, RHS head of judging, said: “RHS Chelsea Flower Show stands for the highest levels of horticultural excellence, and the exhibitors this year have demonstrated an unrivalled level of knowledge and ability. To be able to deliver gardens at the peak of perfection in a year when the growing conditions have been so challenging is extraordinary.
“The achievement of Flemings is fantastic. The attention to detail and evocative feel of Australia is a great tribute to the skill of the designers, growers and landscapers who have contributed to their garden.”
After the Fire, designed by James Basson for Scape Design was awarded the title of Best Fresh Garden*. The garden represents the regeneration of a landscape after the devastation of forest fires. Japanese design company, Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory achieved an RHS Gold Medal and the title of Best Artisan Garden** for their garden representing an alcove within a traditional Japanese tatami room. This is the second time they have won the title, having been presented with the same award for a garden in 2012.
Sixty-two nurseries and growers within the Great Pavilion, the floral heart of the show, achieved RHS Gold Medals for their displays. The Diamond Jubilee Award for the best display in the Great Pavilion which was introduced in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, was awarded to Warmenhoven for their display of Allium, Ornithogalum and Amaryllis.
Blackmore & Langdon has been awarded the President’s Award*** for their display of begonias and delphiniums. The family-run business, has attended every RHS Chelsea Flower Show since the show’s inception in 1913.
The RHS Environment section of the show brings educational displays, themed on ‘The Evolving Garden’. The University of Nottingham was awarded the title of Best RHS Environment display, for their exhibit, Food for the Future, which showcases some of the very latest in plant and crop research being undertaken at the university by world-leading scientists.
The Director General’s Award for Best Trade Stand has been awarded to James Doran-Webb for his display of driftwood and stainless steel sculptures.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 award winners:
The Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by Cleve West, wins Best in Show
The garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes sinece the resurgence of this art in the 19th Century. The garden uses controlled structures including beech hedging and yew topiary forms that contrast with loose layers of herbaceous planting.
The award and medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, sponsored by M&G Investments, have been announced.
Bob Sweet, Head of Shows Development of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, said: “As the world’s most famous flower show, our awards celebrate best in class gardens, designers and horticulture.
“We have been delighted to see an abundance of impressive, ambitious and diverse gardens in each category. Our designers have continued to push the boundaries of horticultural design and set trends which will filter out into the wider gardening landscape.”
In the Show Gardens category nine Gold medals were awarded to gardens including: Andy Sturgeon’s garden for show sponsor M&G Investments; Sarah Price’s garden for The Daily Telegraph, whose garden won Best in Show in 2011; the Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden, designed by Jihae Hwang, which has been created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War; and the The Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by Cleve West, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary. This garden also won Best in Show in the category.
Five Silver-Gilt Floras were also awarded in the category, with winners including Diarmuid Gavin’s dramatic Westland Magical Garden; The Arthritis Research UK Garden; and Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s Nurseries. The judges also awarded Diarmuid Gavin’s Westland Magical Garden an award for Most Creative Show Garden.
In the new Fresh Gardens category judges awarded one Gold, two Silver-Gilt Flora, two Silver Flora and four Bronze Flora medals. The Gold award was given to Easigrass – The Artificial Grass Company for Green with… The garden also won Best in Show in the category. Both The Renault Garden by Renault UK and The Soft Machine by Humko Bled won Silver Gilt, and the latter was also awarded a prize for the Most Creative Fresh Garden.
Satoyama Life by Ishihara Kazuyuri Design Laboratory took Best in Show in the Artisan Gardens category. In total two Gold, two Silver-Gilt Flora, and four Silver Flora medals were awarded.
In RHS Environment, Sparsholt College from Hampshire won Gold and Best Exhibit in the category. In total, two Gold, three Silver-Gilt Lindley, four Silver Lindley, and two Bronze Lindley medals were awarded.
In the Great Pavilion, a new award was presented for the best floral exhibit: the Diamond Jubilee Award was presented to HW Hyde & Sons by HM The Queen, Royal Patron of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, during her annual visit to the show. Out of 108 winning exhibitors, 55 Gold, 34 Silver-Gilt Flora, two Silver-Gilt Grenfell, one Silver-Gilt Lindley, 13 Silver Flora and three Bronze Flora medals were awarded.
Winner of this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2012 award was the tropical-looking Digitalis Illumination Pink ('Tmdgfp001'), bred by Thompson & Morgan, and appearing in one of this year’s Generation Gardens. The nearly impossible cross of the Digitalis (Isoplexis) canarienses with the hardiness of Digitalis purpurea resulted in a spectacular tropical looking foxglove, a bee magnet with non-stop flowering for the six months of summer. Second place winner was the Dianthus Memories ('WP11 Gwe04') from Whetman Pinks, with its white flowers and exceptionally strong spicy perfume, and in third place was Hyacinthus orientalis 'Royal Navy' from J S Pennings "De Bilt", and its deep blue flowers with double florets.
Winner of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year 2012 Award was the Harrod Slot&Lock™ Framework Building System by Harrod Horticultural. The product was designed and developed in the UK by Harrod Horticultural as a result of their customers’ frustration with supporting framework falling to pieces and ruining their flowers and vegetables. With this system, aluminium tubing simply slots into the sockets in a range of plastic connectors which can then be locked into position with a stainless steel screw. This product is the answer to the problems associated with building framework for protection netting and supporting plants.
All Show Garden Gold Medallists:
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Gold Medal Winners
Built by Carter Landscapes, Chris Beardshaw Ltd, Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust
Chris Beardshaw returns to Chelsea in 2012 with a design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team.
Chris’ woodland design incorporates acid-loving species including rhododendrons, azaleas and primulas. Ericaceous plants and shrubs have fallen out of favour with designers at Chelsea in recent years, but Chris is using them to spectacular effect in this design.
Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust operates in conjunction with its sister charity, the Minstead Training Project, to provide a wide range of services for students with learning disabilities. The students are helping to grow plants for the show garden and assisting Chris in the garden build. This is the first time students with learning difficulties have been involved directly with a Chelsea garden.
Green with …
Easigrass - The Artificial Grass Company
Built by Easigrass, Hortus infinitus
Green with… is a horticultural installation concerned with the human emotions of envy and desire. This theme is explored through colour, form and plant history.
The structure suggests a cage; perhaps the prison that the deeply envious individual who desires what another owns will inevitably find themselves trapped within, should they not conquer their weaknesses. The three Perspex cylinders at the centre of the structure hint that the orchids they contain are being kept safely out of reach. Like the orchids, the tulips and ferns have, over time, been the subject of desire and envy.
Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden
Built by Willerby Landscapes
This garden has been inspired by the power of plants and natural forms in an urban and suburban environment. It is a dry, sustainable garden designed for exploration, revealing areas as you move through the space.
Four bold cedar wood frames create long views through the garden, whilst dividing the space into distinct yet visually-connected areas. Stone and wood are present in conventional garden features (stone paving, walling and seating), but are also used in more stylised features such as oversized horizontally-sliced boulders, a water feature and bespoke wooden sculptures to decorate and energise the design.
Lands' End: A Rural Muse
Built by New Ground Landscapes
The garden A Rural Muse is designed for a Stamford couple who love their region’s landscape and environment, especially the walks of the well-known local peasant poet John Clare. Adam Frost has taken inspiration from the distinct and diverse countryside that shaped so much of Clare's poetry to create a space for entertaining and relaxation designed with biodiversity and wildlife in mind.
The materials have been selected to create the garden’s regional identity. Many of the elements have multiple functions, such as the stone boulders that double up as stepping stones and seating. A green oak-framed shelter offers a focal point and attracts bees with its clover roof.
Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden
Muum, Korean Air, The Dowager Viscountess Rothermere, gardenlink
Built by gardenlink
Created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean conflict, this garden makes use of the vast treasure trove of indigenous plants that have thrived in the almost pristine conditions in the sanctuary of the demilitarised zone (DMZ). The design highlights the tensions and lasting effects of the conflict.
The barbed wire fence surrounding the garden creates a feeling of mystery and unease. Carefully considered installations feature the remains of warfare, including defensive walls, trenches and charred trees. The fence is hung with cans and bottles containing letters from separated families and friends to illustrate the sense of longing felt by people kept apart by the conflict.
The watch tower reminds visitors of the surveillance of the DMZ and also provides an observation point for the garden. A memorial chair commemorates war veterans and victims. A stream flows through the garden, defying the barriers of human conflict and depicting the feelings of love and tension that the designer believes co-exist in the DMZ.
Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Ltd, Cats Co Ltd, Sekisui Hime Tokai Co Ltd, Kubiki Co Ltd, Act, Jyutaro, Kazahana Tokyo Co Ltd
Built by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory
Long ago, Japanese daily life and nature were closely linked for the people living in the Satoyama, the space between the lowlands and the mountains. The people there drank the spring water and used it to wash their vegetables; fallen leaves were composted and used to fertilise the fields.
Reflecting this simple lifestyle, this garden expresses the importance of living in harmony with nature today. Nature gives the blessing of life to us all and in turn we must treat it gently and with respect. Kazuyuki Ishihara has designed this garden to highlight the symbiosis between nature and our lives.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden
Built by Steve Swatton
This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Brewin Dolphin and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th century.
The garden uses controlled structure, including beech hedging and yew topiary forms, that contrast with looser layers of herbaceous plants. The yew forms represent the history, stability and creativity of Brewin Dolphin and stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants. This create a sense of timelessness with a hint of mystery.
The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden
Welcome to Yorkshire
Built by Aire Valley Landscapes
The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden by Welcome to Yorkshire brings the Yorkshire landscape which inspired the famous sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This year is the 165th anniversary of the publication of some of their most famous works: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. The garden is based on a location the sisters used to visit to discuss their ideas and writing, which has become a popular tourist destination, as it is located on the path to the spot widely believed to be a setting for Wuthering Heights, Top Withens. The garden features a stream, a clapper bridge and elements of the landscape that are characteristic of the wild and windswept Pennine Moors.
The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden
Built by Crocus.co.uk
The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden is a timeless, ornamental gardener’s garden.
Created by award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard, all elements of the garden have been carefully handcrafted and are complemented by a soft planting scheme.
Inspired by Laurent-Perrier’s 200 year heritage of time-honoured methods and reputation for creating pioneering champagnes, the garden pays exacting attention to detail, combining traditional and contemporary elements to exude elegance through its planting and landscaping.
The L'Occitane Immortelle Garden
L’Occitane en Provence
Built by Peter Dowle Plants & Gardens Ltd
The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden recreates the Corsican maquis (Mediterranean vegetation) and brings it to life in the heart of Chelsea. L’Occitane has chosen this magnificent island to inspire their garden as it is the home of their award-winning skincare collection.
To recreate the wild landscape of the maquis, designer Peter Dowle has constructed an uphill rocky terrain framed by typical Corsican trees and plants. The bright yellow Immortelle flowers Helichrysum orientale provide the garden’s main focus. The design features an outdoor seating terrace, a small lagoon and a sandy beach footpath.
The M&G Garden
Built by Creative Landscapes
The M&G Garden is a new style of English garden that celebrates traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the garden has a strong asymmetric quality. A series of formal paths and terraces combines with a water channel to create a succession of garden rooms. These are delineated by three monolithic walls and a linear bench that appears to float.
The garden features natural, rustic materials including copper, oak and Purbeck stone, shown in their raw beauty. The focal point is the energy wave sculpture, crafted from copper rings, that weaves through the garden.
The Telegraph Garden
The Daily Telegraph
Built by Crocus.co.uk
The Telegraph Garden evokes the beauty and romance of wild areas of the British countryside.
Perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers grow around an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone. The copper details draw inspiration from the mineral-rich upland streams and rills of North Wales and Dartmoor.
A stepping-stone walkway leads across an expanse of water to a simple seating area on a group of boulders. At the rear of the garden a glade of tall, graceful, multi-stemmed birch trees frames the scene.
Gardening is at its most fashionable at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. A catwalk of colour and creativity, the brightest new ideas, the latest trends and the pinnacle of design make this show the one the world wants to see.
• The new category ‘Fresh’ has been introduced to replace ‘Urban Gardens’. This category takes away the constraints of a defined category and is set to innovate and encourage new ideas and concepts.
• RHS Environment will replace Continuous Learning. This year it will be themed around urban greening and all exhibits will be of either scientific or educational interest.
• Five Artisan Retreats will be decorated by well known designers and artists to inspire visitors and show the creative and decorative potential of a garden hut.
• The RHS will celebrate the Jubilee with exhibitions of photographs of HM The Queen at Chelsea as well as a specially commissioned flower bed. Exhibitors will mark the event in a variety of ways.
• There are over 500 exhibitors at the show from all over the world, including 16 Show Gardens, 8 Artisan Gardens, 9 Fresh Gardens and one Fresh Feature designed by Tony Heywood. There are around 150 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, mainly from nurseries and florists, and almost 250 trade stands across the site.
• Andy Sturgeon returns to RHS Chelsea with an Arts & Crafts-inspired garden for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
• The Daily Telegraph will sponsor a Show Garden and has won Best in Show for the last three years, from 2009 – 2011.
• Cleve West, designer of Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, returns with a Show Garden for Brewin Dolphin which demonstrates the popularity of topiary in gardens.
• Joe Swift will be creating the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden which is inspired by the power that plants and natural forms can have on an urban and suburban environment.
• Chris Beardshaw returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 after a five-year absence, with a design celebrating the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire.
• After more than 10 years away from RHS Chelsea, Arne Maynard will be representing the art of fine craftsmanship in The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden.
• New Show Garden sponsors, charities Arthritis Research UK, World Vision and Walworth Garden will be making their debut at RHS Chelsea this year.
• The Great Pavilion will host an exciting range of floral exhibits including a life-size topiary version of Frank Williams’ Formula One car, a Monet-inspired exhibit from The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies and displays by the Beazley British Olympic Fencing Team to accompany the exhibit from Hillier Nurseries.
Full lists of exhibitors in every category are available on the RHS website’s Media Centre.
• The showground covers 11 acres which, for the rest of the year, are playing fields.
• The Great Pavilion is 12,000m2, which is the same size as two football pitches and enough room to park 500 London buses.
• A Show Garden at RHS Chelsea can range in size from 10mx10m to 10mx22m.
• The cycle of planning for the show lasts 15 months.
• It takes 800 people 33 days to build the show from bare grass to the finished article.
• Show gardens are built in three weeks and small gardens in 10 days, but all of them have to come apart in just five days.
• The RHS Chelsea Flower show has been held on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913. The 2012 show will be the 99th anniversary.
• The first show consisted of a total of 244 exhibitors, under half of what you would find today.
• The large marquee at RHS Chelsea, which in 1951 replaced a number of smaller tents, has regularly featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest, covering 3.5 acres.
• Blackmore & Langdon and McBeans Orchids both exhibited at the first show in 1913 and can still be seen at the show today.
Royal Horticultural Society
• The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the ways that the RHS funds its charitable initiatives which range from transforming communities, helping children to benefit from growing plants and delivering scientific research that helps thousands of gardeners across the UK everyday
• 157,000 visitors visit the show each year. The number has been capped at this since 1988. In 2011, tickets sold out in record time.
Plants and flowers
• Over the past ten years, over 600 new plants have been launched at the show. Around 100 were launched at RHS Chelsea in 2011.
• The Great Pavilion boasts hundreds of different species of plants and flowers, thousands of different varieties, and tens of thousands of individual blooms.
2012 Official suppliers and sponsors
• M&G are the official sponsors of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In 2012 they will be exhibiting a show garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Food and Drink
• In 2011 the following food and drink was served;
• 12,120 sandwiches and baguettes
• 24,191 cakes and pastries
• 1,128 seafood platters
• 5,567 glasses of champagne
• 35,900 cups of tea
• This year Fortnum & Mason Events will host the Hospitality Village and the President’s Marquee at RHS Chelsea for the first time.
• Each year, the RHS runs a reuse scheme at RHS Chelsea which this year is supported by environmental and regeneration charity Groundwork UK. The scheme aims to reduce waste costs for exhibitors and has a hugely beneficial impact on community projects.
• This year, reused materials will help to train unemployed young Londoners to create a new garden on a neglected site immediately adjacent to the routes taken by visitors to the Olympics.
• The reused materials will also help to enhance at least 10 community gardens and neglected spaces in some of the most deprived communities across London.
• On all the sites, the projects will be led by Community Gardeners and Green Skills trainers – giving local people the opportunity to learn how to build and look after their new community gardens and gain accredited horticultural training and work experience.
Internet and broadcast coverage
• The homepage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website (www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea) achieved over 180,000 visits during show week in 2011.
• The BBC transmits over 10 hours of television programmes from the show, reaching an average audience of 2.2 million viewers.
Date: Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012
22-23 May RHS members only
25-26 May RHS members and non-members
Time: 22-25 May 8am-8pm
26 May 8am-5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
Venue: The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3
2012 Show Gardens:
The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Tom Hoblyn
For his fifth year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, award-winning landscape and garden designer Thomas Hoblyn will create a show garden inspired by the great Renaissance gardens of Italy for leading research charity Arthritis Research UK.
Inspired by the gardens at Villa Lante and Villa d’Este, Hoblyn hopes to capture the drama, formality and beauty of these historic landscapes. Whilst retaining all classical ideals of order associated with Renaissance gardens, the flamboyance and decadence will be stripped back to reveal a simpler and more minimal design, exploring the concept of man’s control over nature.
Water will form a central theme to the garden, incorporating three spectacular water features: a long fountain seat set against a backdrop of 30 powerful jets, a water cascade and a shallow mirror pool with infinity edge. Weaving in his passion for creative planting, Hoblyn will focus on a formal Mediterranean style, with five majestic cypress trees providing a stunning backdrop.
Thomas Hoblyn trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and set up Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design in 2002. His commissions are geographically diverse and varied. Current projects include the regeneration of one of Devon’s most important country estates, the restoration of the former Hunting Lodge of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson in Buckinghamshire, and a community project to restore the gardens surrounding a Hindu Temple in West Bengal. Thomas has been designing award-winning show gardens since 2005 and has accumulated three Gold, two Silver Flora and one Silver-Gilt Flora medals at RHS Flower Shows.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West
Cleve West, designer of Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011, returns with a garden demonstrating the popularity of topiary in gardens. This garden celebrates the 250th anniversary of the sponsor, Brewin Dolphin, and the continuing popularity of topiary in gardens of all sizes since the resurgence of this art in the 19th century. The garden uses controlled structure including beech hedging and yew topiary forms as a contrast for looser layers of herbaceous planting. The yew forms, symbolic of the sponsor's history, stability and creativity, stand like sentinels among a tapestry of herbaceous plants to create a hint of mystery and timelessness.
Cleve is largely self-taught and was tutored in garden design by John Brookes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1990. He has won six RHS Gold medals, three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and three at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and two Silver Flora medals.
A Celebration of Caravanning designed by Jo Thompson
With sponsors The Caravan Club, designer Jo Thompson will evoke the very best of what a break in Britain means. Holidaying in the UK has never been more popular, and to inspire visitors to consider using caravans, a 1950s structure named Doris will form the focal feature of this garden.
A palette of pink and cream planting including salvias and irises, as well as Wealden sandstone paths and timber walkways over running water will convey the delights of a touring holiday at home. Blowsy roses of early summer and masses of cow parsley will nostalgically evoke country lanes and classic English country gardens.
Based in Kent, Jo designs a wide range of gardens from tiny rooftop spaces to residential gardens, public spaces and country estates, both in the UK and overseas. Her work draws inspiration from the Italian landscapes where she spent her childhood summers.
Recent medal success includes a Gold and Best in Show (Urban Garden) at the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and a Silver medal at the Gardening World Cup in Japan in 2011.
Furzey Gardens designed by Chris Beardshaw
Chris Beardshaw returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012 after a five-year absence, with a design celebrating the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire.
Hoping to buck recent trends in show-garden planting, Chris’s woodland design will incorporate ericaceous plants and shrubs to spectacular effect, with acid-loving species such as rhododendrons, azaleas and primulas. Chris Beardshaw will work with students at the Minstead Training Project, the sister charity to Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust which provides services for adults with learning difficulties, to create the garden. Students will influence the design, grow plants and assist with the physical build. It will be the first time students with learning difficulties have been represented and involved directly with a Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Chris Beardshaw is well known in the world of gardening both as a television presenter and ambassador, breathing new life into the industry with his unique blend of skills and qualifications which embrace planting, garden design and landscape architecture.
His achievements at RHS Flower Shows have been extensive, accumulating 15 RHS medals.
Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden designed by Joe Swift
The Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden is inspired by the power that plants and natural forms can have on an urban and suburban environment. Inspired by concerns about sustainability and water this is a dry garden designed to be explored. Four bold cedar-wood frames will draw the long views through the garden whilst dividing the space up into distinct yet visually connected areas. Stone and wood will be present in conventional garden use, as well as in more stylised forms such as oversized horizontally sliced boulders, a water feature and bespoke wooden sculptures to decorate, punctuate and energise the space.
Joe is a familiar face at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show having spent much time on TV bringing Show Gardens into the nation’s living rooms. This year Joe, an established garden designer, will design a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. As well as presenting a range of gardening programmes, Joe writes for various publications and is the author of three books.
The Laurent- Perrier Bicentenary Garden designed by Arne Maynard
Making a welcome return to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show after more than 10 years away, Arne Maynard will be representing the art of fine craftsmanship in The Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden.
This ornamental garden will mix traditional and contemporary elements to portray timeless elegance. Handcrafted works of art by renowned British sculptors, Alison Crowther and Breon O’Casey, will be complemented by a soft planting scheme and touches of topiary. An antique pear tree will form a key focal point and the use of water to outline the garden will add movement and a cool elegance.
In recognition of Laurent Perrier’s Bicentenary, the chosen materials link the design to the Champagne House’s French heritage. Showcasing a fine attention to detail, Arne Maynard hopes to reflect Laurent Perrier’s world-famous reputation for time-honoured methods and pioneering techniques.
Arne Maynard specialises in large country gardens, both in the UK and overseas, creating traditional and contemporary gardens using traditional ideas and inspiration. He spent 15 years creating the gardens at Guannock House in Lincolnshire, which have featured in numerous publications. At home in Monmouthshire, he is currently in the process of designing and landscaping the garden around his beautiful Elizabethan tower house.
It is the second time Arne Maynard has designed a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, after achieving Best in Show in 2000 for the Gardens Illustrated garden in collaboration with Piet Oudolf.
The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle
Seeking to illustrate the close relationship between man and horticulture, The L’Occitane Immortelle Garden will re-create the Corsican maquis of the island home of L’Occitane’s award-winning skincare collection, formulated around organic essential oils of immortelle flowers (also known as everlasting flower) grown in Corsica.
For his wild landscape, designer Peter Dowle has constructed an uphill rocky terrain framed by typical Corsican trees and plants. Bright yellow immortelle flowers will dominate the garden, whilst a small lagoon, sandy beach foot path and a typical bergerie (sheepfold) will complete the display and encourage moments of contemplation.
Whilst the design is rustic, authentic and wild, each element will be carefully placed to transport viewers to the heart of this unspoilt corner of the earth.
Peter studied Horticulture at Pershore College and has worked in private landscaping for more than 25 years, resulting in him travelling to Japan, Italy, Portugal, and the Canary Islands to study and photograph plants and gardens in their native settings. He has featured in numerous magazine articles and Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’, and his team has recently completed a series of garden makeovers for Diarmuid Gavin on ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’.
Peter has been designing and building gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park flower shows since 1997, winning numerous Golds and accolades.
The M & G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon returns with an Arts & Crafts-inspired garden for M&G Investments, the official sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Celebrating traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials, Andy has created a ‘New English’ style of planting, with which he hopes to capture the fundamental design principles of the Arts & Crafts movement.
Displaying a strong asymmetric layout, a series of formal paths and terraces will combine with a mirrored water channel to create a succession of garden rooms delineated by striking monolithic walls and a 5-metre ‘floating’ oak bench. Natural materials including copper, oak and Purbeck stone will be shown in their raw beauty, with rustic textures and visible construction techniques. A dynamic ‘energy wave’ sculpture will form a dramatic focal point, crafted from hammer-finished copper rings and spilling across borders and pathways throughout the garden.
Andy Sturgeon is one of the UK’s leading garden designers. Twice voted one of the ‘Top 10 Garden Designers in the UK’ and winner of numerous awards including five Gold medals and Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless landscapes. His commissions include unique roof gardens and large country estates all over the UK as well as international projects in Hong Kong, Rwanda, Europe and the Middle East. His work is frequently featured on television and in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide.
Quiet Time - DMZ Forbidden Garden designed by Jihae Hwang (MUUM)
Hoping to demonstrate the versatility and resilience of nature, designer Jihae Hwang will re-create the landscape found in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
Throughout the Korean War the natural ecosystems in this area were devastated. Now, 60 years on, the DMZ still bears the scars of war, but has gradually become a natural sanctuary, a place where migratory birds gather and indigenous plants grow. Through the design of ‘Quiet Time’ Hwang hopes to illustrate the true healing power of nature in restoring man-made damage.
Confined within a border of barbed wire, considered planting of native Korean species will include plants traditionally used for treatment or consumption during the war, such as mugwort and creeping thistle, known to stem bleeding. Winter daphnes and lilacs will be used in memory of fallen soldiers, symbolising eternal thanks for their sacrifices. An imposing guard tower will form a central feature from which visitors will be able to view the entire garden. Poignantly, this structure will signify the secure boundary where prisoner exchange would take place after the war.
Jihae Hwang exhibited her first garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011, winning not only a Gold medal, but also the accolade of Best Artisan Garden for her ‘Hae-woo-so’ design. ‘Quiet Time’ will be Jihae’s second garden with the RHS, her first in the Show Garden category.
Previous to garden design, Jihae built up a career as a respected environment artist, creating over 250 installation projects. A selection of her art works currently reside in America and Korea, including work at the Korea National Tourism Organization, Korean Cultural Centre, Korea Tribune and Samsung Electronics.
The RBC Blue Water Garden designed by Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency
This garden will be a modern and environmentally positive interpretation of the traditional ‘paradise garden’. Instead of formal rills and canals, excess rainwater will be channelled and stored in ‘bioswales’, which will form the central feature in the garden. Planting will be dramatic, naturalistic and exuberant, in Nigel Dunnett’s style, and will feature huge swathes of Turk’s cap lillies, growing as if in their natural habitat. A dramatic pavilion will be inspired by the architecture of the Puglia region of Italy.
The garden will explores the concept of ‘artful rainwater management’ by showing how sustainable concepts and support for biodiversity can form the basis for the design, even for the most formal of gardens.
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Director of the Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield. He is one of the UK´s foremost planting designers, and exponent of sustainable landscape and garden design, and originated the concept of `pictorial meadows´. He won RHS Silver-Gilt Flora medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows in 2009 and 2011 and is lead horticultural and planting design consultant for the Olympic Park, as well as joint designer of the London 2012 Gardens.
Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow designed by Patricia Fox at Aralia for Walworth Garden Farm, sponsored by RBS
Hoping to challenge our perception of workplaces and offer inspirational ideas for the future, ‘Rooftop Workplace for Tomorrow’ will position the garden as an extension to the working office, utilising unused urban rooftop space.
Designer Patricia Fox at Aralia Garden Design will produce an innovative and thought-provoking environment that provides an alternative to the fast-paced city offices that we have become so used to. Using a heavily technologically driven design, the garden will feature state of the art equipment from Toshiba, including a large projection wall, a wide screen TV and laptops and tablets throughout. A green roof and wall will form a central feature, inter-planted with fresh herbs – visitors will be encouraged to pick from these and create their own herbal teas to drink in the garden.
Aralia Garden Design wants the public to consider that an office doesn’t have to be an inside space with four walls, and that it can inspire, invigorate, relax and refresh its user.
Having originally trained as a fashion designer, Patricia changed career in 2002 and trained in horticulture at the prestigious Writtle College in Essex. She set up Aralia Garden Design in 2004 and her current portfolio ranges from contemporary to traditional, from small suburban gardens to large country estates.
Patricia was awarded a Silver Flora medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 and has accumulated BALI Landscape Design Excellence Awards over three consecutive years since 2009.
A Rural Muse designed by Adam Frost, sponsored by Lands End
This garden is designed for a couple who have been inspired by their local environment, and in particular by the famous peasant poet John Clare, who lived in Helpston, near their home town of Stamford. The garden will reflect the distinct and diverse countryside that inspired so much of Clare's poetry. Boundaries on two sides will simultaneously add effect to the garden and offer a superb habitat for wildlife, with an Acer campestre (field maple) hedge broken with crafted panels of local dry stone and a green-oak-framed shelter for bees. The materials have been selected to give the garden its regional identity. The garden will demonstrate how one material can be used in many different ways, with large boulders and stonework doubling as stepping stones and seating around the garden.
Adam spent much of his early career as a landscape gardener for the late Geoff Hamilton and created many of the gardens at Barnsdale which are still popular today. He established Adam Frost landscapes in 1996 and was appointed Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers in 2008. He has won three Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and Best Urban Garden for ‘A Welcome Sight’.
The Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price
Garden designer Sarah Price’s large-scale Show Garden will bring the natural beauty and contemplative setting of the British countryside to central London. The garden will be adorned with atmospheric planting and natural stone, encouraging thoughtful connections with the natural world. It will evoke the beauty and romance of wild places in the British landscape with perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers growing around an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone. Copper detailing will draw inspiration from the mineral-rich upland streams and rills of north Wales and Dartmoor, while a stepping-stone walkway will lead across an expanse of water to a simple seating area on a group of boulders. At the rear of the garden a glade of tall, graceful, multi-stemmed birch trees will frame the scene.
Sarah Price first exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2007. This is her third year at the show and her first large-scale Show Garden.
Sarah is the horticultural adviser to the Garden Museum in London and a visiting lecturer in design at the Department of Landscape at Sheffield University and at the KLC School of Design in London. Her Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2007 and 2008 were awarded Silver Flora medals. She is the co-designer of the London 2012 Gardens at the Olympic Park in East London, and remains at the core of the team planning the post-Games legacy design and maintenance of the gardens.
Sarah regularly collaborates with award-winning architectural practices such as MUMA; her current projects include landscape designs for a new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Fleming’s Nurseries, designed by Jason Hodges
The Fleming’s team returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show bringing a garden celebrating Australian outdoor living, with modern twists and a sense of luxury.
In homage to Jason Hodges’ home town, this will be a true Sydney-style garden where an unusual mix of native and sub-tropical plants will co-exist harmoniously with introduced trees and shrubs from Europe and beyond. Through the use of carefully selected materials it will reference iconic structures such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, while corrugated iron will bring a sense of the rustic, reflecting its use in housing, fences and shedding from the suburban cities of Australia to the great Outback.
Celebrity Jason Hodges is best known in Australia for his role on the hit show, Better Homes and Gardens. However, he is an award-winning designer with three Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Gold medals to his name. Mowing lawns and doing landscaping jobs around his neighbourhood evolved in to growing and building his own landscaping business, Greenart Gardens, which undertakes all scales of landscaping, from concept and design, through to construction and maintenance both of residential and commercial properties. While he will make his debut as a garden designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, Jason has previously covered the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as a presenter for BHG.
The Westland Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin
Multi award-winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to examine and demonstrate the possibilities of multi-level garden enjoyment. The design seeks to explore the idea of gardens on top of gardens and maximise precious open space within concrete jungles.
Award winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin won a Bronze Floral medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1995, a Silver-Gilt Flora medal in 2004, and a Silver-Gilt Flora medal in 2007. He won a Gold medal at the show in 2011 for ‘The Irish Sky Garden’, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, and the City of Cork. He is a patron at Southport Flower Show.
Diarmuid has presented a number of BBC television programmes including Gardeners' World; Home Front with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; and, in 2004, a Twofour and RHS production Gardens Through Time.
Diarmuid Gavin is also the author of a number of bestselling gardening books.
The World Vision Garden designed by Flemons Warland Design Ltd
This is both World Vision and Flemons Warland Design’s first time exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A ripple pool at the centre of the World Vision Garden will represent the effect that this children’s charity has in the world’s hardest places, with ripples spreading from the middle of the pool to its edge, showing how World Vision’s work with children also helps families, communities and, ultimately, entire countries. A winding labyrinth path will invite visitors to become part of the ripple where, at the centre, children are at the heart of everything World Vision does. Walls surrounding the garden and Australian tree ferns offer the pool shelter, representing World Vision's work protecting the world's most vulnerable children.
Flemons Warland Design
After meeting at Capel Manor College John Warland and Sim Flemons now collaborate on conceptual installations and enjoy blurring the traditional boundaries between art and gardens. Having already achieved four Gold medals at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this will be the first time Flemons Warland Design has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Within 12 months, John has gone from selling secateurs at the show to creating a full Show Garden with the support of World Vision.
For the latest information please see http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events
For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012,
The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3
22–23 May: RHS members only
24–26 May: RHS members and non-members
22–25 May: 8am–8pm
26 May: 8am–5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
To buy tickets: 0844 338 0338 www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
Ticket prices range from £16 – £55 for RHS members, £22 – £49 for non-members
All tickets must be bought in advance
For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.
2012 is an exciting year for the flower show with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the build-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show centenary in 2013. This year, the show will feature some of the finest designers including Andy Sturgeon designing for M&G Investments, Cleve West for Brewin Dolphin and Joe Swift for Homebase. The spectacular Great Pavilion will be filled with displays of perfect plants and flowers by some of the best growers from the UK and around the world.
New for 2012 is Fresh, a category which challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional in design than traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens. Designers in this category will be under fewer constraints than in other garden categories, which means Fresh is sure to become an unmissable part of the show this year.
Also new for 2012 is RHS Environment, which replaces Continuous Learning and supports the RHS commitment to improving the environment through gardening. Exhibits in RHS Environment will centre round the subject of urban greening and will be of scientific or educational interest. Themes will include community, water management and harnessing the power of plants to help reduce energy usage and heating costs.
The Artisan Garden category, which was introduced in 2011, returns for a second year with designers making the most of natural, sustainably resourced materials and using traditional craftsmanship to create stylish designs.
In addition, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show boasts displays of floral design from some of the UK’s best florists and floral arrangers as well as scientific and educational displays. Throughout the show, RHS experts are on hand to answer any gardening questions.
Not only does it represent the pinnacle of horticultural excellence, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is also a great day out. A host of restaurants, bars and cafés provide the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy refreshment in one of the most extraordinary venues around.
There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with some of the newest and most innovative gardening products, not to mention a wide range of beautiful accessories to decorate any garden, large or small.
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