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RHS Chelsea 2019: Space To Grow Gardens

Facebook Beyond The Screen Garden by Joe Perkins. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle
Facebook Beyond The Screen Garden by Joe Perkins. Picture; RHS/Sarah Cuttle

Medals awarded: Cutting-edge gardens with something to inspire everyone

Best Space to Grow Garden and Best Construction Award (Artisan/Space to Grow Gardens), Facebook: Beyond The Screen, designed by Joe Perkins, built by The Outdoor Room
People’s Choice Award: The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls In Africa a Space to Grow

Away from Main Avenue, don’t forget to see the Space to Grow Gardens on Royal Hospital Way.

They’re cutting-edge plots with a brief to ‘inspire visitors to transform a compact, urban or unusual outdoor space by designing a garden’ using new trends, materials or technology.


Designed by Joe Perkins, built by The Outdoor Room, sponsored by Facebook

This coastal-themed garden uses the natural connectivity of water and the ocean to represent the interconnectivity between our online and offline lives.

It’s designed to start a conversation around how social media can be used as a powerful force for positive change in the real world.

The garden will be built with and for young people and will be rehomed to provide a physical space where young people can share their interests.

The CAMFED Garden: Giving Girls In Africa a Space to Grow – GOLD

Designed by Jilayne Rickards, built by Cormac Conway, sponsored by The Campaign for Female Education, thanks to the support of a private donor

A representation of female-led, climate-smart agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, it features iron-enriched beans, papayas, bananas, sweet potatoes and grain grown in a landscape of red soil and rocks.

At its heart is a rural Zimbabwean classroom, constructed faithfully in rendered concrete blockwork, concrete roof tiles and floors.

It draws attention to the urgent need to empower and educate young women in some of the world’s poorest communities most affected by climate change.

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden – GOLD

Designed by Jody Lidgard, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, sponsored by Montessori Centre International and City Asset Management 

Like the Montessori teaching method, the garden is child-led yet future-driven, offering a space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world set alongside technology, the future of horticulture.

There are two greenhouses, one inspired by the Walipini designs – a sunken Victorian greenhouse – and another showcasing hydroponic technology, set among living walls, edible walls and an interactive wildlife pond area.

Viking Cruises: The Art of Viking Garden – GOLD

Designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, built by Big Fish Landscapes, sponsored by Viking

This multi-layered wetland habitat is reminiscent of a water meadow, with multi-stem river birches and winding streams.

The centrepiece is a sculpture created by Paul especially for Viking, and exposes, by varying degrees, the landscape beyond.

Kampo no Niwa – GOLD

Designed by Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, built by Tatsuya Shirai Studio, Otis Landscape Associates, Harrison Landscapes and Hiroshi Fukawa, sponsored by Kampo no Niwa 300 sponsors

Designed for a practitioner of Kampo, a system of Japanese herbal medicine, each plant has been selected for its health-giving, beneficial qualities.

The garden is inspired by the geology of Hokkaido, the most northerly prefecture of Japan and during the long winters, the landscape is dominated by snow-capped mountains.

It is the joyful sound of melting ice that has inspired the design for the rill and pool. A wooden pergola and stone patio provide a space from which to view the landscape.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden – SILVER-GILT

Designed by David Neale, built by Neale Richards Garden Design, sponsored by Silent Pool Gin

Inspired by plant technologies, the greening of inner city spaces and a soothing space that absorbs people’s woes through scent and sound.

Through the stone boulders at the entrance, the eye is drawn down the wide stone steps and into the inner space with a large open ceiling void and a scented rose bed.

A semi-transparent, teal, etched botanical water wall moves the air within this space and acts as a foil to the planting and single juniper bonsai tree.

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden – SILVER-GILT

Designed by Taina Suonio, built by Conquest Creative Spaces, sponsored by Kyrö Distillery Company Ltd

In this urban garden the countryside of Finland is represented – the boundary fence has been reclaimed from an old barn, the paving is polished, bush-hammered and flamed granite.

A cascading water feature symbolises rivers and rapids as well as Finland’s relationship with fresh water.

The planting is multi-layered with the national flower, lily-of-the-valley featuring alongside red birch and the slow-growing juniper, a significant ingredient in gin.

The Harmonious Garden of Life – SILVER

Designed by Laurélie de la Salle, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, sponsored by Mr Robert and Mrs Sue Cawthorn, Margheriti Piante, Italy

How can gardens help regenerate our ecosystem? This garden encourages positive interactions between the four kingdoms (minerals, vegetables, animals and humans) and the four elements (air, earth, water and fire) in order to create balance.

A pergola with a swing is located in a dominant position. Human energy provides a swinging motion, which pumps water up to the filtering plants before it flows into the canal and back to the pond, purifying the water.

The Manchester Garden – SILVER

Designed by Exterior Architecture

A new perspective on post-industrial cities, championing green spaces and sustainability with planting for managing water, trees chosen for their resilience to future climate change and using plants to clean urban soil.

A sculpture showcases a journey from the one-time ‘cottonpolis’ to the home of graphene.

The key structural plants are honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis), Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata), hybrid plane (Platanus x acerifolia) and white mulberry (Morus alba).

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.



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