Show gardens - Chelsea Flower Show 2011
More information about the show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011
The B&Q Garden
Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins
This garden aims to offer attractive and productive solutions for an increasing number of urban food growers. Using both the vertical and horizontal plane, the garden makes great use of space.
This is the tallest garden ever built at Chelsea thanks to the nine meter glass tower covered in plants which rises above a glass banqueting table. The planting on the tower is achieved using two methods, on one side a collection of window boxes hang filled with large crops like tomatoes, peppers and edible flowers, on another, a hydroponic living wall is full of culinary herbs.
Mirroring the tower is an insect hotel, filled with boxes of insect habitats and materials for wildlife to nest in and use. The individual boxes were made by school children and put together to create a colourful and useful display.
Further edibles come from the structural pleached limes which have been trained into a neat aerial hedge and mulberry trees have been pruned into horizontal canopies picking up on the geometry of the garden. Bay hedging continues below the trees and large raised beds span the garden and are planted with waves of herbs, roses, lavender and red orach.
Laurie and Patrick have gone to pains to make sure this garden is sustainable not just in terms of growing food but also in terms of how the green tower feeds itself. By using solar, heat and wind energy, waterbutts and a borehole, the self-contained tower should be able to continue growing even if there's a drought and national power-cut.
The B&Q Garden
For this garden Patrick and Laurie responded to the idea that London would only have four days worth of food supplies if it was cut off from the outside world. Other influences stem from childhood experiences with growing and foraging food.
Tilia europaea 'Pallida' - Common Lime
Morus platanifolia - Mulberry
Crambe maritime - Sea Kale
Lavandula pedunculata Subsp. Pedunculata - Portuguese Lavender
Meum athamanticum - Spignel
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra - Red orach
Rosa 'Prosperity' - Rose
Rosa 'Jacqueline du Pre' - Rose
Rosa 'Souvenir du Dr Jamain' - Rose
Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary
Allium fistulosum - Welsh Onion
Allium schoenoprasum - Chives
Allium 'Purple Sensation' - Ornamental Onion
Camassia quamash - Camas
Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins, previously designed The Perfume Garden at RHS Chelsea which won the award for Most Creative Exhibit.
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