David Neale and the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The feature bed in the Silent Pool Gin Garden is planted with Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’, Geraniums, and Stipa gigantea, to create a fragrant feature with a relaxed and rather charming softness.

Designer, David Neale

David Neale, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden. David designed and built this Space to Grow Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden, pictured in the sunshine, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

New plant technology

Garden designer, David Neale, has focused on his desire to green up difficult city spaces and discover new plant technologies in his design for the Silent Pool Gin Garden.  The idea for this garden, is to take an unloved, perhaps rather awkward space, and add plant life and inspiration, to create a garden that is uplifting and awe inspiring.  David Neale hopes to remind us of the beauty and wonder of plants and highlight the transformative effects that plants have on us, and our landscape.

In the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designer, David Neale, has used this small lighting system from Plant-e, to convert organic matter from plant photosynthesis to successfully power these tiny LED lights.

New plants!

The caramelised orange blooms of Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ look hot in the sunshine, on the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ plants that you see pictured on the Silent Pool Gin Garden were all grown by Rosy Hardy, from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.  The copper colouring of this foxglove’s flowers perfectly compliments the brightness of the copper swing seat in the Silent Pool Gin Garden.

This is an interesting new foxglove, which was launched by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This short lived (but happy to self-seed) perennial has impressed the RHS judges.  Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ was a finalist, taking second place in the prestigious RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019 Competition.

Rosy Hardy with her new Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’, which was awarded 2nd place in the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019 competition.

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is a huge Hosta! This cultivar dwarfs most of the other Hostas you’ll find in your local garden centre or nursery.

Rosy Hardy, at Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants grew the Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ and the other herbaceous perennial plants, for the Silent Pool Gin Garden.  While Jamie, and the staff, down at Van Arnhem Nursery, in Godalming, (Surrey) grew the rest of the plants that you see pictured on the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

David Neale pictured as he was filmed by the BBC in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Sound

This Space to Grow Garden brings inspiration from Surrey to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Professor Tony Myatt, from the University of Surrey, has recorded the sounds of birds and insects in the Surrey Hills, creating a personalised soundscape especially for use in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at Chelsea.   Changes in the wind, the temperature, and humidity, within the garden, all trigger sensors to play different bird songs, and other recordings of nature, which are then played within the garden.  This computerised sound system projects a 360 degree soundscape, giving visitors a taste of some of the sounds of the wildlife, from peaceful, tranquil areas of the Surrey Hills.

Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ plants enjoy a robust, stature, which is complimented by their striking fluted, copper coloured flowers. As pictured on the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Hosta ‘Devon Green’ mingles with ferns and Geraniums, in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The copper coloured blooms of Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ display a robust, stature that’s complimented by these striking fluted flowers. As pictured on the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

I took this photograph from the centre of the Silent Pool Gin Garden, looking out onto the path where visitors approach the garden. A hammered copper lined rill follows the steps, bringing water down into the garden. The rill is flanked by raised beds on both sides. Here you can see Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ above, with its lovely fresh, almost lime green leaves, Hosta ‘Devon Green’ is the pretty Hosta you see on the two sides of the lower step. The pretty blue flowers are provided by Aquilegia ‘Hansol Harebell’.

Plants for bees

Aquilegia ‘Hensol Harebell’ flowers are very popular with bumble bees. This plant was pictured on the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Are you sitting comfortably?

This large copper coloured hanging seat is the perfect place to curl up and read a book in the garden. Pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Phalaris arundinacea var. picta ‘Feesey’ is a hardy and easy to grow ornamental grass, it’s an ideal choice to plant in damp soils.

Bonsai

This wonderful Juniper Bonsai was a delightful feature of the Silent Pool Gin Garden. Juniper is the most important botanical ingredient, you must have Juniper to make gin.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a charming rose-pink coloured rose, this really is an attractive rose. Its fragrance is just divine!

Both designer, David Neale, and his sponsor, Silent Pool, are proud to be from Surrey.  To reflect this, David Neale has planted Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’, which is named after Gertrude Jekyll’s home in Godalming, in Surrey, and Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, which is named after the famous designer herself.  I am particularly fond of Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’; this beautifully fragrant rose produces large, luxurious, sumptuous, rose-pink coloured flowers, which are packed full of swirling petals that form delightfully pretty scrolls, just waiting to unfurl as the blooms open.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a delightful rose that can be grown in a bed or a border, or in a large container. Position your rose where your plant can bask in full sunshine, or partial shade.

Beautifully fragrant flowers are such a blessing, they improve our lives and our environments.  I love the fragrance of Philadelphus with its intensely sweet perfumed flowers.  The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a number of fragrant plants, including Philadelphus, elderflower, and roses.

Anemone sylvestris is a perennial plant that’s hardy down to -20C (-4F). This pretty flower will grow back every year, I am sure its large white saucer shaped flowers will delight you. Anemone sylvestris flowers in late spring and early summer.

Rodgersia podophylla is a hardy, moisture loving rhizomatous perennial, which produces these handsome leaves.
The foliage turns bronze in autumn before falling in winter. Rodgersia podophylla is hardy to about -20C (-4F); this attractive plant originates from Korea and Japan.

Water features in the Silent Pool Gin Garden

The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a hammered copper lined rill, which follows the line of the steps, bringing water down into the garden. The rill is flanked by raised beds on both sides.

This is the water wall in the Silent Pool Gin Garden. It has been etched with the Silent Pool Gin pattern. As pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Here’s is a closer look at the water wall, in the Silent Pool Gin Garden. Water runs continually down the side of this wall, so as to give this enclosed garden increased air movement. This wall has been etched with the Silent Pool Gin pattern. As pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

David Neale, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden. David designed and built this Space to Grow Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

David and Hannah Neale

David Neale has been working his socks off over the past month, having both designed the garden and worked on the construction to actually build this Space to Grow Garden, at the show.  David’s wife, Hannah, has also been on site.  A keen plantswoman herself, Hannah has a great eye for colour and detail.

David Neale and Hannah Neale are pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, which David designed and built, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed by David Neale, built by David Neale Landscapes, and sponsored by the Silent Pool Distillers.

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