RHS Chelsea Flower Show

23 – 27 May 2017

Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

  • Bronze Bronze

Designed by

A Touch of France Garden Design

Built by

Rupert's Landscapes

Sponsored by

  • Surrey County Council, Runnymede Hotel, Kier Group plc

This small artisan garden, sponsored by Surrey County Council and Runnymede Hotel, celebrates a grand event: in 1215 the Magna Carta was sealed under oath by King John at Runnymede, the first legal document imposed upon an English sovereign by a group of his subjects. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

The formal layout is evocative of the gardens of the medieval period. A wattle arbour over a turf bench provides support for climbing plants. Wattle obelisks, raised beds and a fountain – other typical garden features – add to the setting with heraldic pennants and other artefacts. The garden's symmetry also symbolises the new law and order of the time.

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