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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Chelsea Barracks Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner



The design is inspired by the heritage of the Chelsea Barracks site, and by the architecture and landscaping of the new development, which neighbours the Royal Hospital.

Roses, with perennial planting between, are a main feature of the garden. They refer to the listed Garrison Chapel, with its historic Rose Window, which is preserved as the development's centrepiece. The garden is a place where people can relax and socialise. A bronze sculpture pays tribute to the Barracks' former residents. A sculpted stone tidal rill references the lost River Westbourne, symbolising its original path under Chelsea Barracks. Bronze uprights form part of the boundary, beyond which the backdrop of the Royal Hospital can be glimpsed.
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Jo Thompson MSGD
Built by
Landform
Sponsored by
Qatari Diar
The stone steps lead to the origin of the tidal rill, representing the lost River Westbourne

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - L'Occitane Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner



The L’Occitane Garden celebrates the 40th anniversary of this natural beauty brand by returning to the company's roots in Provence. In 1976, at the heart of Provence, a young Olivier Baussan found a discarded old steam distiller and started producing essential oils from local rosemary and lavender growers, which he then sold at the local markets. The garden is a recreation of the beauty of the harsh yet varied environment of Haute Provence.

The garden presents the edge of a lavender field, and looks out onto the rolling hills and stunted woodland of Provence. The plain beyond the garden represents local agriculture with the lavender and almonds typical of the area. A gentle stream runs from a stone hut through the middle of the garden before disappearing under a dry stone bridge. Scent and colour play an important part and add to the sensorial atmosphere of this garden.

Three hundred different plant varieties specific to the region will be used and all materials are native to the area.
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
James Basson MSGD
Built by
Peter Dowle

L'Occitane Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The M&G Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner - Best Construction Award



The M&G Garden has been inspired by the designer's memory of ancient oak woodland in Exmoor National Park where he spent his teenage youth. Rather than replicate a particular scene, the designer has chosen to pay contemporary homage to the landscape that made such an early impression on him.

A stone and gravel path through woodland-edge planting leads the visitor beyond stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path, a sunken terrace and pool. An oak boundary frames the garden and the overriding oak theme is a metaphor for the sponsor's values: strength, growth and longevity
  • Best Construction Award
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Cleve West MSGD
Built by
Swatton Landscape
Sponsored by
M&G

Woodland-edge planting and large rocks lead to a smoother path

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner



The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital has been designed to feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, before it is sited at its permanent home at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The new garden will provide a much needed, private and reflective space for parents and families of the children undergoing treatment at the hospital. The enclosed nature of the hospital site has shaped and informed the planting and schematics for the garden. Designer Chris Beardshaw is creating a rich, green and verdant woodland scheme, sprinkled with pockets of colourful planting, bursting through the tree canopy and perennial understory.
 
The planting in the garden provides a plant-rich area of woodland diversity, featuring a wide range of perennials for dappled shade and with a collection of hedges, mixed topiary and mature trees, which all provide a naturally rich environment.

The garden features a reflective water feature and a main structure inspired by a Japanese azumaya (summer house), designed in three interlocking sections; each section framing views of the garden.
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Chris Beardshaw
Built by
Chris Beardshaw Projects
Sponsored by
Morgan Stanley
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The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Telegraph Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner - Best Show Garden



Inspired by the magnitude of geological events that have shaped and moulded our landscape over millions of years, this is a garden about perspective of both time and scale. It reminds us of our own relatively insignificant and fleeting moment on Earth.

The garden represents a ‘captured landscape’ in which a gently gardened space exists within a larger, wilder setting. Dramatic bronze fins represent an ancient mountain range with a stream of melt water running in the gorge below. The planting is warm and semi-arid, an imagined plant community and contrived landscape echoing the chaparral of California’s Sierra Madre or the mattoral of the foothills of Chile’s Andes.  

The garden highlights the need to adapt gardens to their environments and to futureproof them against a changing climate.
  • Best Show Garden
  • Gold medal winner

Designed by
Andy Sturgeon FSGD
Built by
Crocus
Sponsored by
The Telegraph

The Telegraph Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living - SHOW GARDENS - Gold medal winner


A contemporary modern garden owned by a busy city client has been inspired by the love of Far Eastern travel, yoga and a requirement for a calm space in which to relax after a busy day at work.

The design incorporates clean lines and smart details such as Corten walls, subtle grey-splashed limestone, and large sliding shutters that open to reveal the sparkling city views at night.

Large multi-stemmed trees provide dappled shade over a planting palette of soft greens and yellow primulas, which dance besides secret rills of water that escape through blocks of limestone. The planting creates a gentle, calm and relaxing space to unwind and restore one's life balance.
  • Gold medal winner

Designed by
Paul Martin
Built by
Beautiful Horizon Landscape
Sponsored by
Vestra Wealth

Large multi-stemmed trees offer a dappled shade over the muted colour planting

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi - Gold medal winner - Best Fresh Garden


Martin Cook and Gary Breeze have created a garden set inside a giant granite cube. The Antithesis of Sarcophagi Garden is a representation of a world turned inside out; a garden inside a sculpture; desolation versus nature. The 44-tonne cube contains a mysterious rejuvenating woodland, invisble from the stark, ash-charred exterior other than through cracks in its surface.
  • Best Fresh Garden
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Martin Cook and Gary Breeze
Built by
Chris Holland Landscapes


The Marble and Granite Centre - Antithesis of Sarcophagi

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Modern Slavery Garden - FRESH GARDENS - Gold medal winner



In the spring of 2015 the British Parliament passed the The Modern Slavery Act. This garden is a celebration of that day. The garden also looks forward, to a day when there are no slaves.

The bright front doors and colourful planting illustrate the ordinary streets where we all live. But there is a darker centre to the garden, which hints at a hidden reality: people are still being kept in captivity and forced to work, in every part of the UK today. 
 
Hope is depicted in the form of an English oak tree; it was under such an oak that William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery in the 1800s. The metaphor of a solid, dependable and faithful oak threads through the story of the garden, which ends with open doors leading to the path of freedom.
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Juliet Sargeant MSGD
Built by
The Outdoor Room
The Modern Slavery Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Garden Bed – a partnership with Asda - ARTISAN GARDENS - Gold medal winner



The Garden Bed is the work of two lifelong friends, chartered landscape architect Stephen Welch and master florist Alison Doxey.

With a real hospital bed forming the centrepiece, visitors are invited to view the hospice garden through the eyes of the patient. A stunning natural 'quilt' lies across the bed, woven with foliage and flowers by Alison.

A clipped yew hedge gives privacy and a sense of security. Bulbs, perennials and trees offer the viewer much to enjoy and contemplate, while a ceramic water feature missors the floral displays.

  • Gold medal winner

Designed by
Stephen Welch CMLI and Alison Doxey MPFD
Built by
Frosts Landscapes
The Garden Bed - a partnership with Asda

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Senri-Sentei - Garage Garden - ARTISAN GARDENS - Gold medal winner



This is a garden for an antique car enthusiast, with the planting designed to complement the vehicle.

Planned as a two-tier structure, the ground floor offers essential off-road space for a car, but also a place for the family to relax. The roof-top tier is planted as a garden. The garden fuses its form with that of the vehicle, though it can be enjoyed as much by households without a car.
  • Gold medal winner

Designed by
Kazuyuki Ishihara
Built by
Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co, Ltd
Sponsored by
Henri-Sentei project
Senri-Sentei - Garage Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Viking Cruises Mekong Garden - ARTISAN GARDENS - Gold medal winner - Best Artisan Garden



The Garden has been designed by Sarah Eberle, supported by Fiona Campbell and Nick Weaver and is inspired by the floating gardens in the silk-weaving regions of Cambodia and the Mekong River. The 7 x 5m (23 x 16½ft) garden is entirely water with a small deck leading to a 'floating' lounger styled on a traditional fishing boat. Overhead a cantilevered parasol inspired by traditional fishing nets and silk weaving provides shade. The floating beds follow the style of the region and contain contain an eclectic mixture of fruit and vegetables such as spinach, kale, aubergine, gourds and okra, along with flowers for cutting within a waterside matrix
  • Best Artisan Garden
  • Gold medal winner
Designed by
Sarah Eberle FSGD
Built by
Belderbos Landscapes
Sponsored by
Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises Mekong Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Cloudy Bay Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Silver Gilt medal winner



Landscape designer Sam Ovens’ garden design is inspired by Cloudy Bay’s 30-year wine-making heritage at the pioneering winery in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Designed to be a secluded retreat in which to escape, it is a serene space that evokes memories as one savours the experience of the garden.
 
The primary material is western red cedar timber, used in the construction of the deck, boardwalks and cabin. A reflective pool adds a sensory element to the design and has connotations of setting sail and drifting away or escaping.

The planting palette is made up primarily of heathers, pines and grasses - a bold and simple selection. There are no boundaries to the garden, increasing the sense of freedom to be enjoyed from within.

After the show, Cloudy Bay will donate elements of the garden design to Horation's Garden, a charity that creates gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.
  • Silver Gilt medal winner
Designed by
Sam Ovens
Sponsored by
Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Harrods British Eccentrics Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Silver Gilt medal winner



The Harrods British Eccentrics Garden is inspired by kinetic sculpture from some of the UK’s most imaginative minds. Elaborate machinery performing simple tasks has become associated with Britishness, thanks to the likes of W. Heath Robinson, Rowland Emett and, of course, the founders of Aardman animations.
 
The scene is also active, entertaining and playful. Every quarter of an hour, the garden engages in a short performance.
  • Silver Gilt medal winner
Designed by
Diarmuid Gavin
Built by
Diarmuid Gavin Designs
Sponsored by
Harrods
The Harrods British Eccentrics Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The LG Smart Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Silver Gilt medal winner



The LG Smart Garden is inspired by the concept of intelligent homes and is intended to demonstrate that technology can be incorporated harmoniously into the garden as well as the house, providing additional functionality and convenience.

The design is intended to represent a Scandinavian lifestyle garden. The brighter colour choices within the minimalist design are softened by a planting scheme that has a natural character. The mix of herbaceous plants add a soft quality, while multi-stemmed trees provide privacy and filter the views from the house. The garden demonstrates contrasts between formal and informal as well as the balance between naturalism and artificialism – a metaphor for modern life.
  • Silver Gilt medal winner
Designed by
Hay Joung Hwang
Built by
Randle Siddeley
Sponsored by
LG Electronics
LG Smart Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - The Hartley Botanic Garden - SHOW GARDENS - Silver Gilt medal winner



A glasshouse structure attached to a walled garden is the focal point of this large garden. It is both folly and retreat, and houses tropical, aquatic and carnivorous plants. Views of the surrounding woodland can be appreciated and enjoyed from within the glasshouse.

The garden celebrates the British-engineered glasshouse structures created by Hartley Botanic. It features an element of traditional walled garden complete with colourful mixed perennials, fruit and vegetables. The surrounding woodland contains mixed native and ornamental planting in a naturalistic style. Around the pool the planting is soft with a gentle colour palette of white, blue and pink, which helps to create a feeling of enclosure.
  • Silver Gilt medal winner
Designed by
Catherine MacDonald
Sponsored by
Hartley Botanic
The Hartley Botanic Garden