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The paradise garden – a space that uses water, shade and planting for sanctuary and contemplation – was invented by the Persians more than 2,000 years ago. The M&G Garden is a contemporary take on this concept.
Water flows from a tall, octagonal fountain made from Bath limestone and flint in a sunken terrace. Roots of the Tree of Life are engraved into stone wall panels, a simple metaphor alluding to the fact that our English gardening roots lie in ancient history.
Arithmetic and ancient science inform other aspects of the design. Four trees around the fountain represent the elements of earth, water, air and fire. Plants for The M&G Garden have been chosen for their sensory qualities. These, together with stone elements and running water, imbue this 21st century refuge with a sense of timelessness - an essence of paradise.
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Jacqui Haskins, Marketing Director at show sponsor M&G, explains why the partnership between M&G and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 works so well
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