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RHS Chelsea Flower Show preview 2020

The M&G Show Garden by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg
The M&G Show Garden by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg

Battling climate change to the fore at premier garden event

Gardens highlighting ways to combat climate change will take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020.

Global brands and garden designers have taken steps to be more sustainable, sourcing plants and materials from the UK and using planting schemes that benefit wildlife and the environment.

Timber is the building material of choice due to its green, carbon- locking credentials and sustainable hard landscaping materials are favoured in a bid to avoid single-use materials such as cement and concrete.

Growers in the Great Pavilion are being directly hit, as extreme weather conditions are affecting their plants and growing methods. Many growers and nurseries exhibiting have gone peat-free, grow in biodegradable pots, use biological pest controls and harvest rainwater for irrigation.

Show gardens

  • The M&G Garden, Hugo Bugg and Charlotte Harris: In 30 years, it is predicted that a third of the world’s population will live in cities. Hugo Bugg and Charlotte Harris have designed a communal residential garden for show sponsor M&G with the emphasis on the need to incorporate and maintain beautiful, sustainable green spaces within growing cities. Sustainability is woven through the design of ‘The M&G Garden’ through the use of repurposed materials, water management techniques, permeable surfaces and a planting palette defined by resilient plants.
  • The Facebook Garden: Growing the Future, Joe Perkins: This garden looks at the benefits of increasing the UK’s tree cover while highlighting the need for better woodland management in a changing climate.
  • Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden, Peter Chmeil and Chin-Jung Chen: A city garden of the future that balances the needs of people and wildlife while sustaining the planet’s health. The garden features a woodland dell to clean the air, a pool to clean water and bamboo structures.
  • The Florence Nightingale Garden – A Celebration of Modern-Day Nursing, Robert Myers: A new, more sustainable ‘wood’ concrete is among other sustainable materials used here.
  • The Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Tom Massey: Yeo Valley hopes to encourage the UK’s 27 million gardeners to consider going organic and put nature first. Where possible the plants for the garden will be grown organically, while the carbon used to create the garden will also be offset at Yeo Valley’s farm in Somerset.
  • Trailfinders’ 50th Anniversary, Jonathan Snow.
  • Beyond Rank or Status, Matt Keightley.
  • The Animal Health Trust Garden, Sam Ovens.

See the award-winning show gardens at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show here.

Urban Gardens

  • Bible Society: The Psalm 23 Garden, Sarah Eberle.
  • Miao Fu’s Garden, Sun MiaoFu and Chen Guangming.
  • The Calm of Bangkok, Tawatchai Sakdikul & Miss Ploytabtim Suksang.
  • The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA, Amanda Waring.
  • Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden in the International Year of Plant Health, Taina Suonio.
  • The Amaffi Garden, Tamara Bridge & Kate Savill-Tague.

See the award-winning Space to Grow Gardens at last year’s Chelsea here.

Artisan Gardens

  • Bicester Village Shopping Collection – Inspired, Nikki Tibbles: Every element, from the reclaimed brick walls to the artwork has been sustainably sourced.
  • Circle of Life, Yoshihiro Tamura.
  • The Body Shop Lady Garden, Jennifer Hirsch.
  • The Zen Garden, Kazuyuki Ishihara.

See the award-winning Artisan Gardens at last year’s Chelsea here.

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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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