Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chelsea Flower Show 2017 preview

It's that time of the year again when garden designers slowly uncover their plans for next year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. Early indications are that it could be a good year for shedlike structures. Above is the Cat's Co Ltd: Gosho No Niwa garden (Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihar, built by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Lt, sponsored by Cat's Co Ltd) which takes as its inspiration the Kyoto residence of Japanese emperors.

Below is the World Horse Welfare Garden (designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, built by Conway Landscapes, sponsored by World Horse Welfare) which features an abandoned, derelict stable.

There is a bit of a Japanese theme to this year's entry. This is the Hagakure – Hidden Leaves garden (designed by Shuko Nod, built by Hanamizuki Corporatio, sponsored by Nishikyushu University). Here's what the designers say about it:
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.

And finally, The Seedlip Garden (designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald, built by Landform Consultants, sponsored by Seedlip) which looks at the history of distillation. It includes oak housing, laboratory-style benches, and copper pipework.

No images are yet available of The Morgan Stanley Garden but it looks like one to keep an eye on. Focusing on children's health and education, it will include what's describe as a "dramatic, geometric oak performance pavilion". Designer Chris Beardshaw is working with the National Youth Orchestra to help fashion its final feel. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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