A slight deviation from talking about our show, to talk about another event that brings together beautiful gardens and sculptural art – RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I’m very jealous of my family who are going down to London tomorrow to see the show – my Uncle is a landscape gardener and has spare tickets. I unfortunately am sitting in my flat in Bournemouth revising for a University exam (how boring!) I have however been keeping up with snippets of the show via the BBC programs each day.
I wanted to show some of the gorgeous gardens that had incorporated sculptural pieces or sculptural design. So please have a look through the following, and be inspired! I can’t wait for Fresh Air 2013 to experience the union of garden and sculpture just 1 mile from my house!
The M&G Centenary Garden – ‘Windows through Time’
Designed by Roger Platts
“I’ve taken elements of different Chelsea gardens over the years. The front of the garden is more contemporary, and there is a subtle transition through to the rear of the garden, which represents garden styles gone by. I’d say that the modern part forms 10-15% of the garden, as does the historical section at the back, the rest in the centre is timeless and comprises around 75% of the total space and that holds everything together.” – Roger Platts
The sculpture is in the contemporary part of the garden, but I think it’s raw, rust colour really complements the rest of the garden and I adore the thatched summer house!
RBC Blue Water Roof Garden
Designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett & The Landscape Agency
This is an urban rooftop garden that integrates recreational space with innovative biodiversity and habitat features. The garden explores the potential of ‘skyrise greening’ to bring trees, meadows and wetlands into the heart of the densest of cities. The garden includes a full living roof that includes features for bees and birds. A central wetland area captures rainwater run-off and a winding boardwalk leads to a dramatic building clad in habitat panels. Low-tech living walls that require no irrigation enclose the garden. The rooftop infrastructure of cooling vents and air-conditioning units are transformed into sculptural habitat features, and the whole garden is filled with flower-rich planting.”
The reason I’m showing this garden is because, like the bio says, the infrastructure of the whole garden creates this sculptural feel. It’s a garden that is made for nature to thrive in but done in a way which is so artistic. The habitats are sculptural pieces, as if the designers are architects for nature. I love the repetition of all the circular shapes, and I especially love the back wall which features plants planted in circular clay or terracotta pots but vertically, so that they plants form a patchwork quilt of green.
The pots they are in remind me of a sculpture at this year’s show by Jon Williams called Percussive Pots. See below!
The Sound of Silence
Designed by Fernando Gonzalez
A koan is an insolvable Zen riddle used as a contemplative exercise along the road to enlightenment. In this design, rocks made from acrylic stone and a bonsai tree are clues in the search for the garden’s deeper significance.
I love wavy white sculptural patterns in this garden, which almost create a mini mountain back drop for the bonsai tree. This bright white acrylic is similar to some of the sculptures at the show this year … it reminds me of the stark white of Natalia Dias’ ceramic thorns.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a moments inspiration in the middle of this blustery, chilly May day. Let’s hope we have warm summery weather come June!