Garden Name: The Telegraph Garden
Andy Sturgeon

Sponsor: The Daily Telegraph
Contractor: Crocus
Media contact name: Deborah Burgess

Intended as a 'captured landscapeĺ, The Telegraph Garden is a gently gardened place within a larger, wilder setting where dramatic bronze fins represent an ancient mountain range with a stream of melt water running in the rock-strewn gorge below. Inspired by the phenomenal magnitude of geological events which have shaped our landscape over millions of years, the garden plays on the perspective of time and scale and reminds us of our own relatively fleeting moment on earth.

The rough-worked stone is Jurassic limestone and the bronze fins are reminiscent of the bony plates of a Stegasaurus which roamed the earth at that time. The designer uses these elements to evoke that powerful feeling of drama, wonderment and awe that he felt as a boy walking into the cavernous entrance hall of the Natural History Museum. The result is a garden that is both adventurous and unexpected and taps into the psyche of children and adults alike.

The need to adapt gardens to their environments is also highlighted. Plants are selected from similar natural habitats (warm, semi-arid regions in about 32 different countries) to create a unique planting scheme that is future-proofed against climate change. It has echoes of the chaparral of Californiaĺs Sierra Madre and the mattoral of the foothills of the Chilean Andes.

At least ten different skills and crafts will be represented in the garden, including architectural ironworkers, artists, sculptors, stone masons, water feature designers, nurserymen, landscape contractors, concrete artists, ceramicists and metal fabricators. After the Show, the trees will be relocated to a Capability Brown landscape on the Thames near Marlow. The sculpture will be reworked and installed in a private garden in Surrey.

Planting/Colour Scheme
Foliage colours are predominantly dusty greens and grey-green; flower forms include tall spikes, umbels and daisies in white, orange, yellow, rust and purple. Many are unusual plants that have not been seen before at Chelsea.


Foto: Mikhail Scheglov


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