The Poetry Lover's Garden
Designed by Fiona Cadwallader
Built by Landform Consultants | 

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.

Samuel Taylor 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.



The Seedlip Garden
Designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald
Built by Landform Consultants | 
Sponsored by Seedlip |

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 Garden
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 enjoy.



The World Horse Welfare Garden
Designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith
Built by Conway Landscapes |  
Sponsored by World Horse Welfare  |

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.




The IBTC Lowestoft: Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden
Designed by Gary Breeze
Sponsored by The International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft

 In 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




Hagakure – Hidden Leaves
Designed by Shuko Noda
Built by Hanamizuki Corporation |
Sponsored by Nishikyushu University |  

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.

Hagakure means 'leaves and tree shade' and expresses living and dying.  The colourscheme is white, a symbol of purity and sacredness in Japan.




Ñàä Walker’s Wharf Garden
Designed by Graham Bodle
Built by Walkers Nurseries  |  

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 Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration
Designed by Sarah Eberle  |  
Built by Belderbos Landscapes  |
Sponsored by Viking Cruises  |

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 Isoplexis canariensis.



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