The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden was designed by Nick Bailey, the Head Gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and built by Gardenlink.
Nick Bailey’s design for The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden focuses on the mathematical patterns that appear in plants and in nature, underpinning our natural world – such as the Golden Ratio. These mathematical patterns are expressed throughout the garden’s structure, the layout of the planting, and the featured plants. Plants used to demonstrate the mathematical properties within the garden, include Aloe polyphylla with its spiral form, Gleditsia triacanthos, which has a complex but regular leaf pattern, and Helianthus annuus, the sunflower, whose flower head is made up of hundreds of tiny florets laid out in a double–spiral that follows the Fibonacci sequence.
I had a quick catch up with Nick Bailey, to find out more about The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden, that Nick designed for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
B: Did you have to learn much maths for this, or do you have a maths background already?
NB: I’m terrible at maths, but Winton, our sponsor, it’s their absolute specialism.
B: Have you got a favourite area of the garden?
NB: I haven’t had time to think about it, to be honest! I like the succulents up at the top, and probably the meadow really – as we’ve got the most unusual things in there.
B: What’s the most unusual plant you’ve got in the garden?
NB: Probably the Aloe polyphylla up at the front, I think they’re the only seven plants in the country at the moment. It comes from Lesotho, you know that little land-locked country in south Africa.