Show gardens - Chelsea Flower Show 2011
More information about the show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011
Laurent-Perrier Garden - Nature & Human Intervention
In this garden Luciano Giubbilei plays with the notion of how nature and human design coexist in a garden. At the front of the garden floriferous and romantic borders run along either side of a long pool. Planted with pink, maroon and brown flowers the borders are softened by the hazy flower heads of Deschampsia cespitosa.
At the rear of the garden is a more reflective, quiet area with a pavilion by Kengo Kuma and sculpture by Peter Randall-Page. Both artists use natural elements in their work; Kuma uses finely worked bamboo which moves in the wind and casts shadows around the garden. Randall-Page works with the natural form of large stones, imposing a human order on their surfaces to create tactile pieces which also work with the play of light throughout the day.
Tying the garden together are large bare-stemmed Parrotia perscica. An example of how the human hand can tame natural beauty, these 40-year-old Parrotia have been raised in a nursery and over time the crowns have been lifted leaving the naturally elegant twisted stems exposed.
"If I have to have a wish for the garden I would like people to, connect to nature, not just through the plants and the trees but through beauty, the beauty of the sculpture and the fragility of the pavilion"
Pool leading to bamboo pavilion by Kengo Kuma
A love of art and nature has inspired this garden, although there is a wildness to it which Luciano hasn't employed before. He's working in a 'bio-diverse' way with the sculptures and plants and avoiding too much intervention by letting the artists and plants almost free-reign. He says: "I feel I'm sort of out of control".
Parrotia persica - Persian ironwood
Pinus mugo - dwarf mountain pine
Digitalis x mertonensis - Strawberry foxglove
Deschampsia cespitosa - Tufted hair grass
Carpinus betulus - Hornbeam
Iris 'Dutch Chocolate'
Luciano designed the Chelsea Gold medal-winning Laurent-Perrier garden in 2009.
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