CHELSEA 2017 | SHOW GARDENS
Designed by Tracy Foster, the garden includes a ruined abbey, chalk cliffs, a beach and the sea, with gently rolling waves lapping the shore. The inclusion of a trompe l'oeil painting in the ruin links our coastal paradise to the farmland beyond. The planting has a wild feel with plenty of colourful wildflowers, grasses and native trees.
Sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, the garden’s aim is to highlight the beauty and passion of Yorkshire and inspire people to come and experience it for themselves.
GOVERMENT: CHENGDU SILK ROAD GARDEN
The Silk Road theme references the Su-Embroidery masters of Chengdu and incorporates the symbol of the 3,000 year old Sun and Immortal Bird, which is the logo of Chengdu City and Chinese Cultural Heritage. It also represents the historical trade links between East and West and underlines the local culture and mythology of the region.
The garden showcases some of the many plant species found in Sichuan Province, one of the most florally rich and diverse regions in the world, some of which originally came to the UK via the Silk Road. Chengdu City is also the centre for the conservation of Pandas whose habitat will be reflected in the planting.
LANDSCAPE SEEK GARDEN
Set against the distinctive sandstone, and featuring some of the less well-known varieties of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, viburnum and acer, the garden represents an opportunity to see a number of our best-loved oriental plants in the naturally undulating rocky landscape of their homeland.
The focal point of the garden is the auspicious fountain. The large mosaic pool pays homage to the famous lakes, while its bat motifs bestow a wish for good fortune on the viewer.
Hieroglyphs from Dongba and Cangyuan cultures, represent Yunnan’s cultural diversity and rich human history, and offer a nod to the caves and landscapes of the region
Òhose entering the garden will be immersed in a blend of the area’s rich floral heritage, conveyed in the planting, while the iron structures hark to the distinctive arches of the Market Building in Covent Garden today. As stewards, owners and curators of the historic neighbourhood, Capco Covent Garden has sponsored the garden to share the identity and culture of the famous district through the ages with visitors to the Flower Show.
THE M&G GARDEN 2017
Malta has made significant inroads into dealing with their water limitations, sustainable waste disposal, recycling and composting; actions the Maltese government are working hard to promote. In essence, Malta has adapted to overcome challenges that we all need to consider to protect the future of the world we live in.
The garden is situated within a quarry separated into a series of spaces, each with its own ecology from water through to cliff. It features a range of planting, including grasses, trees, heathers, evergreens and flowers and provides an excellent study on how to rejuvenate hard mineral spaces in the extreme.
Malta is tackling a number of ecological challenges such as water scarcity, the need to recycle and composting, and the garden aims to bring this story to life. James has structured the garden within a quarry. Two imposing monolithic pillars of Maltese limestone will form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.
Each space will reflect how nature has adapted to reclaim a man-made landscape, using a naturalistic planting style offering both texture and structure. With grasses, heathers and evergreens, the design bears all the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean garden, but with an innovative edge. This is the first time some of these plants will have been seen in the UK – the Maltese Government has given James special permission to use them.
Jacqui Haskins, M&G
Marketing Director, says: "2018 will be our eighth year as title sponsor of the
RHS Chelsea Flower Show and we’re thrilled as ever to be supporting this
prestigious event. Sponsoring RHS Chelsea for this many years has enabled M&G to
make a real difference in horticulture, particularly in helping to inspire more
young people to get in to gardening."
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, designed by James Basson
The hard landscaping features appear to emanate from a single cuboid of basalt concrete, and like a puzzle, all those features including paving, benches, buildings and water feature, could fit together into that shape.
The garden is surrounded by a three-meter high hornbeam hedge and can be viewed from a platform. Under the canopy of a huge Amelanchier nestle hostas, Rodgersia, Aruncus, peonies, roses, box elder and Thalictrum in a scheme that is soft and scented
Stretching from Alberta to Newfoundland, the habitat incorporates exposed bedrock, endless forests, rushing rivers and broad wetlands. The garden seeks to create a space inspired by this landscape, rather than to recreate it. A wilder garden folds around manmade elements, crafted from materials evocative of the boreal.
Designer Charlotte Harris will lead an all-female design team, including architect, technical detailer and horticulturists
The garden's planting draws inspiration from heathland around the College. Tall, sculptural and transparent walls run through the garden connecting the various elements and materials. Water echoes this flow in the main pool and rills running below the wall structures.
Connectivity in the garden between forms and patterns is key, inspired partly by neuron and synapse connections, a reference to education and learning. Patterns in the ornamental meadow are derived from synapses, and colourful or textured planting groups flow across it unimpeded, echoing trains of thought. Dynamic plant forms and ranging umbels create moments of drama.