The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden was designed by Sarah Raven for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. This Garden is one of five Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens, which have been designed and created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Radio 2.
Anneka Rice, a television presenter, artist, and broadcaster for Radio 2, who is known for her abundance of energy, cheerful demeanour, and vibrance, is the activation and inspiration for The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden, which has been designed by Sarah Raven for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Tricia Guild, an interior designer, who is known for her use of bright, colour in her designs, has inspired Sarah Raven’s design for The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden. Garden designer Sarah Raven, has selected vibrant, floriferous plants, which she has trialled and tested herself at her garden, Perch Hill in East Sussex, to include in the planting of the Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden. This Radio 2 Feel Good Garden has been created to provide an abundance of dazzling cut flowers. The majority of the plants which are featured in this garden have been selected as they produce a profusion of flowers, which can be cut and will come again – re-flowering soon after harvesting.
The majority of the flowering plants chosen for The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden produce simply formed, nectar rich flowers which are beneficial to bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. Many of these plants produce unfussy, simple, single flowers, which allow bees and other insects to access the nectar and pollen the plants have produced. If picked and deadheaded regularly, the flowers in this garden will flower from late spring until the first frosts in autumn.
To reflect the brightness and warmth of Anneka Rice’s character, Sarah Raven has selected quite a number of warm coloured flowering plants for the garden. Contrasting and complimentary coloured flowers have been grouped together in the planting, to give the garden an energy, spark, and warmth, that reflects Anneka’s character. A number of plants which produce gold coloured flowers have been included, to mark the golden anniversary of fifty years of Radio 2.
The wooden structures, arches, and plant supports in the garden have been created from coppiced wood – hazel, willow, chestnut and silver birch, which have been harvested from UK woodlands, giving the plants support and the garden height, structure, and a rustic, homely feel.
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