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RHS Chelsea Repurposed

Feature Gardens

To build a sustainable and adaptive future, we need to look at ways to reuse and recycle the materials we already have. To this end, nearly everything in this RHS Feature Garden has lived at least one life already – much of it at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Featuring key elements from RHS Chelsea Show Gardens dating back as far as 2010, award-winning designer Darryl Moore has created a celebration of creative recycling. Two Corten steel columns, hauled from storage after appearing in Andy Sturgeon’s 2010 The Daily Telegraph Garden, tower over a paved path, while a shady spot gives way to a recycled Islamic-inspired fountain which featured in Tom Massey’s Lemon Tree Trust Garden from 2018, and reused concrete benches provide a place to ponder.

The recycling theme continues with drought-tolerant species, including grasses and local wildflowers, all planted in crushed concrete and sand salvaged from demolished buildings. After the Show, every element of the garden will go on to enjoy yet another new life that continues to benefit both people and wildlife.

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