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2011 Chelsea show gardens confirmed

17 November 2010

A dazzling shortlist of show gardens for the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, has been confirmed - including the return of multi-gold-medal-winning designer Bunny Guinness.

RHS Chelsea Show Manager, Alex Denman, said: “We have literally been inundated with exhibitors. Our final selection of show gardens represents the very best garden designers in the world today.

"It’s fantastic to see sponsors M&G Investments are bringing back Bunny Guinness, who is returning to Chelsea after an eight year absence. We are also delighted to have on board Robert Myers, Luciano Giubbilei and James Wong. We are very, very excited, and Chelsea 2011 is set to be the best ever!”

Show gardens

The 17 spectacular show garden designs, confirmed to date, which will wow the crowds are as follows:

The M&G Garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Bunny Guinness, is a modern take on a traditional kitchen garden.

The B&Q Garden highlights the environmental difference every gardener can make through an 8m high, vertical living wall of window boxes demonstrating vertical farms and urban food production.

The British Heart Foundation Garden, designed by Anne-Marie Powell, is themed around the movement of the heart’s veins and arteries and cleverly includes heart shaped foliage and ‘aspirin’ plant Salix angustifolia.

The Cancer Research UK Garden, designed by Robert Myers, has a ‘Surviving’ and ‘Seashore’ combined theme using plants adapted to survive in coastal conditions.

The Daily Telegraph Garden, by designer Cleve West, explores timelessness and permanence through species plants and modern hybrids in a peaceful, relaxing sunken garden.

The Trailfinder’s Australian Garden, presented by Flemings Nurseries, is themed on the journey of the HMS Endeavour and the botanical discoveries that Joseph Banks made on his voyage between 1768 and 1771.

The Homebase Garden takes its inspiration from childhood memories of trips to Cornwall featuring naturalistic shapes and textures of Cornwall and a colour scheme of blue, pink and white.

The Green Poem Garden, by Kazuyki Ishihara, is based on the mountain-scapes of Nagasaki in Japan and features water, rocks, wind and soft greens to create calmness.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden, by award-winning designer Luciano Giubbilei, brings together garden, art and architecture. Leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and British sculptor Peter Randell-Page will be contributing respectively with a sensory bamboo pavilion and three commissioned sculptures.

The Leeds Garden draws attention to the importance of waterpower in the industrial evolution in Leeds.

The Monaco Garden, by designer Sarah Eberle, illustrates the landscape and architecture of Monaco with Mediterranean plants and colour scheme.

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) New Wild Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett for the Landscape Agency, takes its inspiration from The Wild Garden, a book by William Robinson published over a century ago. Robinson popularised naturalistic gardening who virtually invented the herbaceous border, this garden celebrates beautiful, colourful and romantic plantings.

The Australian Garden, designed by Jim Fogarty for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, charts the passage of water through Australia’s landscape.

The Skyshades Garden, by Marney Hall, illustrates how beautiful an office garden can be using eco-friendly materials and native plantings to encourage wildlife.

The key structure in the Tourism Malaysia Garden is the central pavilion which is inspired by the slatted buildings of traditional kelong fish farms. The buildings roof will be lushly planted with epiphytes such as orchids.

The Times Kew Garden, in partnership with Kew Gardens and The Times, showcases the significance of plants to science and society through design and planting. Plants have been chosen for their beauty and utility – some of which have a medicinal, industrial or commercial use.

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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