The Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Designer, David Neale
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.
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, 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.
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.
Plants for bees
Are you sitting comfortably?
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.
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.
Water features in the Silent Pool Gin Garden
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.
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