David Neale and the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Garden Design, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

I have been waiting for this moment for some time now!  I spoke to David Neale in 2015 about his ambition and aspiration to design and build a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so I was really excited when David told me that he would be building a show garden for the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show!  I have now visited David at the Chelsea Flower Show, I am so happy to tell you, that the Silent Pool Gin Garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the RHS judges at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018!  Congratulations David!  The Silent Pool Gin Garden is a beautiful space, I loved this garden!

Update: The Silent Pool Gin Garden was chosen as the Space to Grow People’s Choice winner, as voted by the public!  Congratulations to David Neale and everyone at Silent Pool!

So, without further ado, here are my photographs of the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David Neale has designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by David Neale with his company, NealeRichards Garden Design.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden shows that a small garden can be beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, and low maintenance. There are no lawns to mow, no edges to trim, but plenty of beautiful plants to admire and enjoy in this garden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after work!

This magnificent copper sculpture created by Giles Rayner has been created to resemble a perfect, oversized lemon peel drinks garnish.

Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Garden Design, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Iris ‘Carnival Time’ pictured in bud, in the Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Iris ‘Carnival Time’ pictured in flower, in the Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

I loved visiting the Silent Pool Gin Garden, which was designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Meconopsis ‘Mildred’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, which was designed by David Neale, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden shows that a small garden can be beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, and low maintenance. There are no lawns to mow, no edges to trim, but plenty of beautiful plants to admire and enjoy in this garden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after work!

A closer look at Iris fulva flowering in the Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Arit Anderson broadcasting for the BBC from the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Astrantia major ‘Large White’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed by David Neale to be a calming, relaxing space to enjoy a drink after work.

Nepeta x faassenii backed by Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’ as seen in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Garden Design, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Angelica archangelica pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Garden Design, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden Designer David Neale, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A look at the central pond in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Visitors admiring the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’ pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden has been designed to be the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Cow parsley, also known by its botanical name of Anthriscus sylvestris, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden references the materials, ingredients, and processes that the Silent Pool distillery use to create their bespoke gin blend in the Surrey Hills.

David Neale has used a relaxing palette of blue, white, and copper coloured flowers in his design for the Silent Pool Gin Garden, which he designed and built for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Astrantia major ‘Large White’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design.

Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a copper still, which has been transformed into a fully functional ice bucket – perfect for keeping your gin and tonic cool and ideal for a party! The decorative copper panel on the Purbeck stone wall has been laser cut to reflect the pattern that features on every Silent Pool Gin bottle.

Cow parsley, also known by its botanical name of Anthriscus sylvestris, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden shows that a small garden can be beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, and low maintenance. There are no lawns to mow, no edges to trim, but plenty of beautiful plants to admire and enjoy in this garden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after work!

Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed and built by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at the sculpture created by Giles Rayner for the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a copper still, which has been transformed into a fully functional ice bucket – perfect for keeping your gin and tonic cool and ideal for a party!

The Silent Pool Gin Garden shows that a small garden can be beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, and low maintenance. There are no lawns to mow, no edges to trim, but plenty of beautiful plants to admire and enjoy in this garden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after work!

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

To read my pre-Chelsea 2018 interview with Garden Designer David Neale, where you can find out more about David’s design, his inspiration and ideas for the garden, and see David’s original plans for the Silent Pool Gin Garden, please click here.

You can vote for David Neale’s Silent Pool Gin Garden in the ‘Space to Grow’ category of the BBC/RHS Peoples’ Choice Award – voting is open until Friday 25th May at 4pm.

To read the article that I wrote about David Neale back in 2015, please click here.

Other articles that may interest you………….

To read my interview with Mark Gregory and take a tour of the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, which won a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, please click here.

To take a tour of the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, which was designed by Chris Beardshaw, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, please click here.

For a 2018 Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales and Swaps, please click here.

To see photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To see photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To see photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, please click here.

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