Every year HTA visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with our clients. We are very much looking forward to going again this year and we have picked out a few highlights from Chelsea 2019 which have inspired us as we help our clients provide even more planet friendly places.
Tom Dixon X Ikea - Gardening Will Save the World
Together with IKEA, designer Tom Dixon has created an experimental model for growing plants in an urban environment. This two level garden combines the super-natural with technology to explore the future of growing. The base garden is a horticultural laboratory where hyper-natural edibles are grown using hydroponic technology. The raised garden immerses visitors in a canopy of trees, flowers and plants all with medicinal, health and environmental benefits. The garden show cases the potential for urban farms so offering local food provision and all its benefits.
The Facebook Garden: Beyond the Screen
Social media and the ways it can enrich our lives – particularly those of young people – is the theme for this garden. Water represents the interconnectivity that social media offers us as well as the relatedness of our online and offline lives. The garden is designed to start conversations about how social media can be a powerful force for positive change whether it’s connecting with friends and family, sharing a passion or driving social action. The garden will be built with and for young people and will be rehomed to provide a physical space where young people can connect around shared passions or interests.
Back to Nature Garden
This woodland garden is designed with children in mind – it is a place to retreat from the world, to play, learn and discover natural wonders. Not only does the planting palette of green and blue, create a calm, relaxing space – it includes edible produce, plants for craft activities and food for wildlife. A playful pathway bordered with textured foliage weaves through the garden, around the rocks and stepping stones. The centrepiece of the garden is a beautiful tree house with a high platform clad in stag horn oak. A swing seat hangs from the branches, making a magical place for children and families to play together to the soothed by the sounds of a gentle waterfall. There is a stream for paddling and dam building and a hollow log for climbing and balancing.
The M&G Garden
Nature’s indomitable capacity to regenerate is at the heart of this garden. This dramatic woodland landscape is interspersed with stone platforms and huge burnt timber sculptures. Yet this seemingly harsh place is populated by pioneering plants and jewel-like flowers. Primordial Equisetum and Restios have colonised the garden giving it an ancient quality. Water pours from hand-crafted spouts into a series of pools and streams, trickling down through the garden alongside a staircase of vast stone platforms before ending in a tranquil pool. Gravel paths wind through the predominantly green planting to a number of gathering places and viewpoints.
The Savills and David Harber Garden
The Savills and David Harber Garden is a celebration of the environmental benefit and beauty of trees, plants and grass in urban spaces. It represents a sustainable woodland clearing in a city garden and showcases a host of sustainable features, including bio-diverse large trees, an air-purifying wetland area, a green wall and permeable surfaces. One feature of the garden is a central pool of water that hosts to a sculptural installation by David Harber. It plays with light to make beautiful dappled patterns on the water from which soars a 3.5 metre shard that reaches high into the trees.
The Resilience Garden
The Forestry Commission wants to inspire a collective appreciation of forests with this garden designed to celebrate the organisations centenary. The Resilience Garden demonstates why trees and woods are important; why they are at risk and why they need us to be bold and innovative in order to protect them. The garden explores ways woodlands can be made resilient to our changing climate and the increasing threats of pests and diseases. Although it is set in the British countryside, the garden features exotic species alongside native species – specially selected to thrive in habitats that mimic existing and probable effects of climate change.