RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW GARDENS
We've designed three RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens:
The Witan Wisdom Garden, 2009 (pictured above)
This garden was sponsored by Witan Investment Trust. We wanted the design to push the boundaries and demonstrate a different and forward thinking concept. We also wanted visitors to feel that they had escaped from an - often harsh and stressful - urban environment and reconnected with nature. We used modern and minimalistic materials to create a calm and ordered effect.
The seating area is on a suspended layer of glass and above a fast flowing stream of water. This allows visitors the simple pleasure of observing moving water and letting it wash away their worries. The elegant curved wall also shelters and protects visitors from the outside world. Woodland planting surrounds the stream.
The Naturally Fashionable Garden, 2010 (pictured above)
We worked with the fashion retailer BrandAlley to develop a garden full of contrasting textures. Nature has constantly inspired fashion through colour, pattern and texture, and that became the focal point of the garden.
The layout of this urban garden is strongly influenced by the pioneering work of avant-garde artist, Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979). Delaunay showed that art could enhance any surface, not just canvas.
The birch stumpery is inspired by the random nature of fabric fibres when viewed under an electron microscope. Water flows through the stumpery to add a subtle focal point to the garden. Repeated planting creates a calm and ordered effect, encouraging the visitor to escape from the stress of modern living.
The Climate Calm Garden, 2012 (pictured above)
This garden was commissioned by the Southern Water companies. It highlighted methods of gardening with less water. And also water shortages and that the climate is changing. The current trend is that we have prolonged dry spells and then sudden downpours.
This garden showcased simple concepts such as rainwater harvesting and using drought tolerant plants. Water was released into a series of irrigation channels by lifting a sluice gate.
This garden uses the right plants in the right places. It's a study of Mediterranean and steppe grassland plants - plants that are tough and resilient, more used to continental climate conditions so they can endure hot, dry periods.