Each of the Gardens at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show were so different, each having a beauty, style, inspiration and charm of their own. It’s quite incredible how all the plants and materials for the show gardens are brought into the Royal Hospital Grounds at Chelsea; the gardens are then expertly created in just a matter of weeks. Of course, what is so amazing about being able to bring gardens into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in this way, is that the gardens can be removed in the same carefully planned way they were brought in, and they then can be rebuilt elsewhere for many more people to enjoy in the future.
The pretty Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden from Surrey County Council and the Runnymede Hotel has been relocated to The Runnymede-On-Thames Hotel and Spa; where it is now a permanent installation in the hotel grounds, freely available for local residents and the public to visit. This small garden, designed by Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour, celebrates King John sealing the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.
The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden won a Gold Medal, together with the top accolade and award of Best In Show. If you didn’t get to see this enchanting garden with its charmingly beautiful naturalistic planting, designed by the acclaimed horticultural master Dan Pearson, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show back in May, you’ll have an opportunity next spring, when Dan Pearson’s work can be viewed at Chatsworth, as part of a regeneration project of the trout stream and surrounding area.
The Gold Medal winning Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, was relocated immediately after the close of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to its new permanent home of Poplar in East London; where it forms the centrepiece of a new community garden, specially designed and created for the local residents as part of the Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Initiative.
The Breast Cancer Haven Garden, a Gold Medal winning Artisan Garden, chosen as the Best Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has been relocated to the new Haven Centre in Hampshire. This award-winning garden was designed to be a welcoming, peaceful space; a place of retreat and comfort for people affected by breast cancer.
Another Gold Medal winning Artisan Garden, A Trugmaker’s Garden, designed by Serena Fremantle and Tina Vallis, celebrates the traditional skills of the Sussex trugmakers, who create beautiful, yet sturdy and resilient, willow and sweet chestnut garden trugs. These long lasting, useful baskets are still made by a small number of skilled craftspeople in the region today. In this garden the sponsor, Future Climate Info, has provided a sustainable legacy, and many of the plants have been replanted in the garden of a Sussex children’s hospice run by the charity Demelza.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden, The Cloudy Bay Garden, The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, The Telegraph Garden, The Viking Cruises Garden, The Living Legacy Garden, The Evaders Garden, The Sculptor’s Picnic Garden, The Dark Matter Garden, The Water Station Garden and Home – Personal Universe will all be relocated after the show.
During the show’s build-up, any surplus plants and materials the exhibitors have left over can be placed in the ‘swap shop’ for others onsite to use. During breakdown, the RHS works with Groundwork London to provide materials for local community projects.
This article was first published in the July 2015 edition of VantagePoint Magazine.
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