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2011 RHS Chelsea Artisan and Urban Gardens

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Chelsea small gardens unveiled

20 December 2010

A new garden category joins 15 small gardens to inspire and delight visitors at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments.

The Artisan Garden category - where designers are asked to use natural, sustainably resourced materials in an artistic manner, is new for 2011. The Urban Gardens return to the show with designers finding clever solutions for small outdoor spaces ranging from gardens to sunken basements.

RHS Head of Show Development Bob Sweet said: “We are excited about the new introduction of artisan gardens, which, combined with urban gardens at Chelsea will ensure that visitors will see some incredible designs highlighting innovation, creativity and sustainability.”

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Artisan Gardens (replacing the Courtyard Garden category)

The Basildon Bond Garden, by Hamelin Paper Brands Ltd, pays homage to the birth place of Basildon Bond, Apsley Mill, using reclaimed bricks to represent the mill structure with a water feature that provides sound and movement. Blue is a strong colour theme so grasses and Iris will feature as well as a post box. This garden is designed by the runner up in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2010, William Quarmby, held at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

A Child’s Garden in Wales, by Anthea Guthrie Garden Design, along with children from special needs schools Heronsbridge and Ysgol Bryn Castell, features a typical Welsh Valley garden set just after the war in the late 1940s with a ‘make do and mend’ theme.

A Postcard from Wales, by Kati Crome and Maggie Hughes, is inspired by Dylan Thomas’ hometown Laugharne. The garden has a driftwood timber fence and gate and features fruit trees, common salt marsh plants and self seeded shrubs and small trees. Pathways will be in Welsh slate slabs with cockleshell edging.

A Literary Garden, by Martin Cook and Bonnie Davies, is a ‘poet’s retreat’ – featuring overgrown blue, mauve, pink and white plantings and verses from poems carved into various features within the garden provoking thought and reflection.

The Hae-Woo-So (Emptying One’s Mind: Traditional Korean Toilet), by Jihae Hwang, is a conceptual garden featuring a toilet and is also a place where one can free the mind. The main plants are composed of wild flowers and grass with Hedera which cleans the air and promotes sustainability of the garden micro-organisms.

Fever-Tree’s Tree House Garden, designed by Stephen Hall for Fever-Tree Drinks, is a theatrical, playful garden inspired by plants that have been used to naturally treat fever, including quinine. Built entirely from recycled, found, borrowed and reclaimed materials the garden with its quirky tree house demonstrates an interesting garden on a small budget is possible.

Welcome to Yorkshire are set to once again thrill with an exciting design for 2011. The Art of Yorkshire, designed by Gillespies LLP, is a garden that celebrates Yorkshire’s art and landscape through the eyes of an artist, taking inspiration from the great Yorkshire artists Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Andy Goldsworthy and Joseph Turner.

Urban Gardens

Across the Pond, by Adam Frost Design, is a garden inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and includes some of his well known principles, including innovative use of concrete and the balance of nature with manmade materials.

The Ace of Clubs, by Domoney Ltd, features a flamboyant garden reminiscent of a night club VIP room with relaxation couches, artwork on walls and bold planting schemes plus sound system and outdoor lasers!

Stockton Drilling, by Gardeners’ Boutique, is an urban garden converted from industrial buildings. It features recycled wood planks and wind turbines and galvanized containers to collect rain water.

The Chilstone Garden, by Heather Appleton, has been designed with the workaholic urbanite in mind and is a relaxing fun space in which to unwind. It features a mock window to deceptively expand the garden space and a grown up paddling pool.

The Power of Nature, by KKE Architects Ltd, represents the four elements of earth, air, fire and water which are used to store and release solar energy. The garden illustrates nature providing renewable energy to be captured to heat our homes.

The RNIB Garden, by Paul Hervey-Brookes, is part of a larger recreational garden being created as part of a new children’s residential home and school being built by the Royal National Institute for the Blind in Coventry. Planting incorporates flower colours in shades that are easy for visually impaired users to identify.

The Magistrate’s Garden, by Kate Gould, represents the longevity of the magistrates since 1361 offering a welcoming and safe space for calm contemplation. Two contemporary bench seats face each other across the water feature.

The Doncaster Deaf Trust Garden, by Graham Bodle, is designed for students and tutors at the Doncaster Deaf School and has two separate seating areas facing each other making sign language possible. A textured sculpture, running water, fruits and plants will feature.

The Bradstone Fusion Garden has been designed collaboratively between the 2010 Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholar, Maria Luisa Medina, and Bradstone’s new product development team under the direction and guidance of Chris Beardshaw. This garden showcases products set to shape Bradstone’s future range.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, from Tuesday May 24 -Saturday May 28 2011.

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