Charlie Albone and The Time In Between By Husqvarna and Gardena

The Time In Between by Husqvarna and Gardena was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

The Garden was designed by Charlie Albone.

The Garden was built by Conway Landscaping.

The Garden was sponsored by Husqvarna and Gardena.

I caught up with Charlie Albone at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena that Charlie designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was designed by Charlie Albone and was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was designed by Charlie Albone and was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Pumpkin Beth: Can you explain the influence for your garden The Time In Between?

Charlie Albone: So my father passed away when I was 17, so it’s a space to meet him and tell him about my life since he passed away.  So the first third is a walk through all the plants I like to grow in my own garden, the water feature represents the feeling of loss, and then the sunken courtyard: the fire pit is supposed to be my wife, and the columns are important people in my life.

The water feature in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena.
The water feature in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena drains in under 10 seconds, the movement and action of the water draining away so quickly represents the feeling Charlie had when his Father died.

PumpkinBeth: I’ve heard a lot about your water feature.

Charlie Albone: When it drops down, it’s sort of like an optical illusion.

PumpkinBeth: Is there anything you’d like visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to learn from your garden, anything you hope they’ll take away from seeing your garden at the show?

Charlie Albone: Being mainly Australian plants and me being based in Australia, I want people to know that Australian horticulture isn’t all about the bush or, you know, where the BBQ goes, there’s more to it than that. That’s what I wanted to do with this garden.

This was one of the Protea flowers that featured in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena.
This was one of the Protea flowers that featured in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena.

PumpkinBeth: Is there anyone you would like to thank, anyone who has contributed to the garden?

Charlie Albone: Keyways nurseries have been very good. The sponsors, Gardena and Husqvana have been fantastic in the sense that they’ve let me do my own thing, rather than spread their own message, which has been great.

PumpkinBeth: Whose is your favourite garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show apart from yours?

Charlie Albone: I always like what Adam Frost does, it’s good, but I think Chris Beardshaw’s planting is fantastic.  Amazing!

PumpkinBeth: Thank you!  And congratulations!

The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was a very popular show garden, with visitors queuing up to get a good view of the garden.
The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was a very popular show garden, with visitors queuing up to get a good view of the garden.
The Time In Between by Husqvarna and Gardena was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Time In Between by Husqvarna and Gardena was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
I love foxgloves! These Digitalis purpurea looked stunning in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
I love foxgloves! These Digitalis purpurea looked stunning in The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden featured wide, shallow steps which led down to the water feature.
The garden featured wide, shallow steps which led down to a water feature.
The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was designed by Charlie Albone
The Time In Between Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena was designed by Charlie Albone.

Other articles that may interest you……..

To read my interview with James Basson and find out more about the Gold Medal winning garden, ‘A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane’ that James designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

To read my interview with Chris Beardshaw and find out more about The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, please click here

To read about what happened to some of the Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, after the show ended, please click here.

To read my interview with Adam Frost and find out more about the Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat, that Adam designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

To see the 20 shortlisted plants, including the finalists and winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year, please click here.

To read about The Festival Of Roses at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and see photographs of some of the new rose introductions, including the 2016 Rose Of The Year, please click here.

To find out about The Water Station Garden by Pepa s Krasa, a ‘Fresh Garden’ featuring drought tolerant plants, at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

To see photographs of all of the Gold Medal Winning Show Gardens at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

For information on some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015, please click here.

To see photographs from Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015, please click here.

To see the planting list from the Gold Medal winning Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

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