Chelsea: Perennial Garden

Wednesday, May 25 , 2022

Chelsea: Perennial Garden

Perennial is a wonderful organisation that supports people working in the horticultural industry when they need it. They offer skills and retraining to work in the industry too. So we were delighted to see a show garden created in their honour at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

A Timeless Formal Design

This garden was designed by Richard Miers, who has over 26 years experience in garden design. This garden was designed as a tribute to a charity that is close to the industry’s heart.

With a mix of classical and contemporary style, the garden guides the eye along a vista. A tricky endeavour in a small space, but magnificently executed.

This formal design has crisp lines for a contemporary feel, but it’s laid out in a traditional style. It has a perfectly clipped tree canopy and elegant planting. The shades of green and white create a chic palette, with highlights of purple. Tall lupins and alliums fill this space with bees.

The narrow water feature leads visitors to the Tennyson quote in modern neon at the back of the garden, surrounded in a sea of blooms and greenery.  A quote that is very apt for a garden that represents support for those with a career in gardening .

This garden follows the traditional formal garden design layout, complete with sculptures on pedestals, but these are modern designs and materials, adding a twist to design.

A truly beautifully garden, planted by Perennial trainees setting out on their horticultural careers. Hopefully these trainees will return many times to future Chelsea shows. Congratulations to Richard and his team.


Inspired By the Laskett Garden

This Chelsea Show Garden was inspired by the iconic Laskett Garden, in Herefordshire. A place that’s very important to us at Chilstone.

The Laskett was created by Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, Julia. We supplied a large number of the pieces featured within it.

Our gilded Stag statue is a centre piece of the Laskett garden.

The feature statue of a Recumbent Stag was hand made by Chilstone. We even gilded the antlers. We were touched to see our statue along with many of our pieces featured on the BBC as part of their Chelsea coverage.

Our impressive fountain in the Laskett garden.

Sir Roy Strong used our stone ornaments in an innovative way. Mixing and matching components and painting them with pops of colour to make this truly unique garden.

Our Pope’s urn and pedestal painted in the Laskett garden.

It was a magnificent project to work on and we are pleased that this garden’s future is secured by Perennial.

Formal Gardens Are our Speciality

Richard Mires’ use of a long, rectangular water feature to draw the eye along a vista has been used by some of our clients to make spectacular gardens.

Our Oxford fountain and bespoke pool surround.

A long water feature to draw the eye to the large fountain and property.

Lupins and Alliums

The planting scheme reminded us of our Garden Trade Stands in previous years, with lupins and alliums in white and purple, grown by How Green Nursery. It made us reminisce about previous shows. We are at Chelsea this year on the stand of our friends, Griffin Glasshouses, stand RHW611. Come along and say hello!

And don’t forget our show gardens just outside Tunbridge Wells are open too!

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