The Resilience Garden wins Gold

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that The Resilience Garden which we have sponsored at this years RHS Chelsea Flower show has received a Gold Medal and also the Best Construction Award.

Award-winning designer Sarah Eberle unveiled an unusual collection of tree species including giant redwood, monkey puzzle, prickly pear cactus, red yucca, and ginkgo. The garden has been created to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission, and features exotic alongside native species – specially selected to thrive in habitats that mimic existing and probable effects of climate change.

The centre piece is a seven metre tall grain silo, repurposed as the designer’s studio with an oak floor and lined with a willow weaving by sculptor Tom Hare.

Areas of the garden include woodland, dry and damp zones, a pond and wildflower meadow. Woodland plants include Canton fairy bells and Henry’s lime, while the arid zone features aloe vera and Afghan fig.

The damp area displays butter and sugar iris and globeflower, and the meadow presents a collection of wildflowers including Californian poppies and common columbine.

The project is inspired by visionary gardener William Robinson and initiated by the William Robinson Gravetye Charity. 150 years ago Robinson began championing a wilder and more natural approach to landscape design on his Gravetye Estate. This included experimenting with a huge variety of trees and plants both for beauty and, in the case of the trees, for producing timber.

The William Robinson Story

Robinson lived and plied his trade at Gravetye Manor for over 50 years. Following in his footsteps is Tom Coward, our head gardener. Robinson was a revolutionary for his time, introducing new ideas such as the wild garden and experimenting with different species of trees. While he had a dramatic impact on horticulturists and landowners throughout the 20th century, his approach is still relevant today. In the face of climate change and the threats posed by pests and diseases, we need to plant more diverse forests and gardens to ensure they are resilient for the future. Robinson was bold and experimental, and we could do worse than looking to him for a little inspiration. Some of the plants for the show garden have been grown at Gravetye by Tom and his team, including: Ranunculus acris Stevenii, Echium Russicum and a selection of Californian poppies such as Copper Pot, Copper Swirl and Red Chief.

Vote for The Resilience Garden in the People’s Choice Award! Voting closes at 9pm on the 23rd May!

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