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Designed by
Cleve West
Built by
Crocus.co.uk Ltd
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/chelseaflowershow/

This sunken garden juxtaposes traditional and modern materials to illustrate how both old and new can keep a space vital in perpetuity.

Reclaimed Cotswold stone and yew hedging suggest durability and a sense of permanence. Sculpted columns and water pipes add drama, mystery and a contemporary note, albeit with classical overtones. Planting contrasts the formality of yew with looser forms of perennials, some of which will colonise and self-seed, occasionally exploiting crevices of cobbles and dry stone walling.

The nomadic nature of some of these plants suggests that, left to its own devices, this garden will shift and change.

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Expert commentary by Michael Balston - RHS Chair of Judges for Show Gardens panel

There are many carefully thought-out and unexpected details such as the canal that is crossed by an unconventional bridge made of rocks. The water flows through the rocks over which one can walk into the next section of the garden.

It's a superb spatial and planting exercise that really deserves its position as Best in Show.

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