Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The virtual garden sheds of Chelsea Flower Show 2020

So in normal circumstances this would have been the first day that the public got in to have a nose around the marvellous Chelsea Flower Show. Things being what they are, there are obviously no display gardens, nor exhibitors areas where there are always plenty of sheddish structures. It would not have been a classic year for garden offices, but if it had gone ahead, here is what you could have (probably) seen starting above with Kazuyuki Ishihara's Zen garden for Glion with a garden house designed in collaboration with Kengo Kuma.
Designed by Jonathan Snow for Trailfinders with a focus on Nepal, the garden plan includes a timber shelter inspired by local architecture with a rather nice stone path and water-powered prayer wheels.

This looks like it would have been particularly lovely, a teahouse designed by Miaofu for its own garden. Here's what the RHS says about it: "The tearoom is a set to host a social gathering reminiscent of those held in ancient China. Friends will gather here in the traditional way to enjoy time together and in doing so slow their pace of life and spend time in nature."

This Nikki Tibbles garden, to have been built by The Outdoor Room and sponsored by Bicester Village Shopping Collection, doesn't have a shed as such but it does have a wooden pergola made from reclaiemd sea groyne which is described as "an enchanting space in which to escape, work, create and relax away from the hustle and bustle of life".

Finally, a sauna and cool-off in the Finnish Soul Garden, designed by Taina Suonio for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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