The Poetry Lover's Garden presents a tranquil retreat in which to sit outside
enjoying the late afternoon sunshine whilst reading poetry to the accompanying
sound of water. The garden combines formal structure with relaxed planting using
materials that are both modern and traditional.
Coleridge’s poem ‘This Lime Tree Bower My Prison’ serves as the inspiration for
the garden and the central umbrella lime trees allude directly to the title. A
stainless steel fountain is the poem’s waterfall holding a mirror to the soul,
and the sculptural chaise longue balances on an orb allowing the reader to float
on the power of their imagination. The gates offer a hint of escape into a less
secluded world and to the pleasures of human contact.
The garden transports
the visitor to a world beyond itself while creating a meditative space in which
nature, the poem and the imagination exist simultaneously.
This conceptual garden is inspired by the story of Seedlip, its 17th-century
apothecary origins and modern-day pioneering approach to distillation.
Set in symbolic oak
housing with copper detailing, ‘old meets new’ laboratory-style benches showcase
these respective eras. A central abstract copper sculpture depicts the
350-year-old journey from book to bottle that inspired Seedlip’s founder to
develop the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits in his kitchen in the
woods. Copper pipework and channels carry water through the garden, in ode to
their importance in the process of distillation.
The garden's planting
palette is influenced by Seedlip’s botanicals and species relevant to both
modern and ancient herbal medicine.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Centenary
Designed by David Domoney
Built by Arun Landscapes |
Sponsored by Commonwealth War Graves Commission |
The Centenary Garden is accessed through an imposing circular arch. Portland
stone steps lead to a raised platform from which a view over the garden is
afforded. To the front are multi-stemmed trees, the canopy of which provide an
area for quiet contemplation. Globe-headed flowers nestled in the floral
landscape of silver, mauve and blue hues remind us of fallen soldiers. Inside
the garden visitors can see their reflection along the garden walls.
In 2017 the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) celebrates 100 years since its
foundation by Royal Charter. The CWGC continues to care for 1.7 million war dead
in more than 150 countries. A visit to a CWGC cemetery often has a strong impact,
leaving a lasting impression, as each person contemplates the enormity of the
lives lost and gains an appreciation of the freedoms that today’s generations
The garden is inspired by the work of charity World Horse Welfare, which is
celebrating 90 years of helping horses, and its desire to highlight the plight
of abandoned and neglected ‘invisible horses’ around the world. The garden will
tell the simple story of a horse that has been rescued from a small, abandoned
and derelict stable in a dark corner of the garden and has been nursed back to
health by the charity and now lives in a bright, open meadow in a more suitable
environment under the charity’s care, where he can thrive and eventually be
rehomed. A narrow stream runs through the meadow. We hope the garden will be
thought-provoking and emotive, encouraging people to reflect on the plight of
neglected and abused horses and take action to help them
Garden designers Adam
Woolcott and Jonathan Smith are returning to the Chelsea Flower Show with a
large 7m x 5m Artisan Garden for World Horse Welfare.
The garden will
celebrate 90 years of helping horses and introduce work to show goers and
television viewers alike. The aim is to shine a spotlight on ‘invisible’ horses
around the world whose suffering goes unnoticed or ignored. The garden has been
privately funded by a supporter of the charity.
The garden is a traditional wildflower garden and will tell the story of a real
horse rescued from a small, derelict stable and nursed back to health under
World Horse Welfare’s care, now living in a bright, open meadow where he can
thrive and continue his journey to rehoming. Horse friendly plants and herbs
will be included but the garden will also highlight some that are dangerous such
as horseradish, horse chestnut and horse tail.
Thought-provoking and emotive, the garden will seek to encourage people to
reflect on the plight of neglected and abused horses and be inspired to take
action campaigning, fundraising or leaving a legacy.
Garden designers Adam and Jonathan are both animal lovers so they didn’t require
much encouragement to design the garden for World Horse Welfare whose brief was
to design a traditional garden that would somehow encourage people to reflect on
these so called 'invisible horses’, both in this country and around the world.
Wildflowers and reclaimed materials are very much part of Jonathan and Adam’s
signature style but to illustrate the emotive message of the charity in a garden
design required some brainstorming! The resulting design will convey the story
of a neglected horse called Clippy who pending RHS health and safety regulations
will be making his Chelsea Flower Show debut on press day!
The striking sculpture made from reclaimed horse shoes has been designed by Tom
Hill specially for the garden. The artwork will be life sized and include 'Celebrity
Shoes', horse shoes donated by supporters of the charity as well as some from
famous horses such as Olympic champions.
Cat's Co Ltd: Gosho No Niwa
Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara |
Built by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Ltd
Sponsored by Cat's Co Ltd
The Kyoto residence
of Japanese emperors inspired this garden. That garden could never be attacked,
and therefore possessed neither moat nor wall to protect it.
This open garden
contains the beauty and peaceful feeling of old times and expresses the communal
spirit that has allowed the imperial family to continue for two millennia. The
garden scene can be admired from all aspects.
Lowestoft: Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden
Designed by Gary Breeze|
Sponsored by The International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft
July 2013, an 800-year old boat, skilfully built of oak, was discovered on the
Norfolk Broads. The International Boat Building Training College in Lowestoft
has been commissioned to create a replica that takes centre stage in this
garden. The oak boat, a three-quarter size replica of a medieval boat stands on
a small jetty surrounded by plants and trees native to the dykes that criss-cross
the grazing marshes of this region. A bank of common reed, meadowsweet and
purple and yellow loosestrife grows. In an area of shorter fenland vegetation,
southern and early marsh orchid, stately royal fern and the much rarer crested
buckler fern provide a backdrop to flowering herbs and vegetables.
The garden draws
attention to the scenic waterways, rare flora and fauna and the boatbuilding
skills which are such an important part of the rich history of the area now
known as the Norfolk Broads
The garden is a sacred and peaceful space away from the noise and stress of
daily life, a place where friends and family can spend time together. People can
sit on a tatami mattress bench under the shade created by the tree, which bears
delicate white flowers. The atmosphere and nature are akin to the Saga
Prefecture in Japan, the inspiration for this garden.
'leaves and tree shade' and expresses living and dying. The colourscheme
is white, a symbol of purity and sacredness in Japan.
The garden turns a
derelict industrial space into a usable outdoor area. A disused industrial
wharf, reminiscent of those along the waterways of northern England, provides
the inspiration. It includes a draw bridge, crane arm, and a decked area in
which to relax.
Pines and conifers
are used to give the garden structure and age. Ground cover plants including
grasses are planted in and around the edges of the industrial hard landscaping.
The colour palette is prominently green.
The garden is
inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudi and the Modern Arts Movement in Barcelona,
one of the key Mediterranean destinations for Viking Cruises. The garden pays
homage to the work of Antoni Gaudi, his organic Art Nouveau style and his use of
mosaic, stone and texture.
Date palm, citrus and architectural arid plants and succulents are planted in
the garden along with a range of Mediterranean perennials including orange-toned