All About Plants delivers fresh, fun gardens to RHS Chelsea

The Great Pavilion will host an edible skate park, plants for gut health, and a tropical forest among the designs

The Pulp Friction: Growing Skills Garden

A twist on the traditional

With a focus on unusual and specialist plants, the gardens in this category are smaller than RHS Chelsea’s Show and Sanctuary gardens, and are by up-and-coming designers. All six designs this year are supported by Project Giving Back.

“It’s great to see new takes on old trends coming to life in the designs.”  -Helena Pettit, Director of RHS Shows

 Featuring 100% edible plants, the Planet Good Earth Garden by Betongpark & Urban Organic houses a two-tonne granite skate ramp, nestled among the planting. Created by skaters, parents and food growers, the garden shows how fun, outdoor learning can help wellbeing and confidence in young people.

Edibles take centre stage

Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden

Taking another new approach to grow your own, the Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden by Sid Hill and Chris Hull champions growing for gut health, offering a probiotic feast in the form of an edible wildflower meadow. Sweet dock, lupins, and camassia feature heavily for their gut positive qualities, as the garden explores the connection between soil health, plant life, and the human microbiome.

Rare and unusual plants

The Size of Wales Garden
The Size of Wales Garden by Daniel Bristow features 313 different plant species, reflecting the number of tree species present in just one hectare of tropical forest. Plants include the moss-like carrot relative Azorella trifurcata along with the eyeballed pincushions of Leptinella ‘Country Park’ and the alien-looking Rubus squarrosus.

Taking inspiration from a more typical UK forest ecosystem, The Pulp Friction: Growing Skills Garden creates an inclusive space to challenge perceptions of what people with learning difficulties can achieve.

Gardens for mental health

Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden
Championing how gardens can support mental health and inclusivity, The Panathlon Joy Garden aims to demonstrate that joy is for everyone, while the Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden provides a peaceful sanctuary in which to reflect.
Helena PetittHelena Pettit, Director of Shows, Commercial and Innovation says: “There is such a broad spectrum of ideas running through the All About Plants gardens this year and it’s great to see new takes on old trends coming to life in the designs. Whether you garden for your own health, the health of the planet or just for the joy of it, these gardens have something for everyone with inspiration for gardeners to try something new.”

The All About Plants gardens

The Panathlon Joy Garden
Designed by Penelope Walker
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / The Panathlon Foundation
Contractor: Stewart Landscape Construction

The Pulp Friction - Growing Skills Garden
Designed by Will Dutch & Tin-Tin Azure-Marxen
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / Pulp Friction CIC
Contractor: Big Fish Landscapes

The Size of Wales Garden
Designed by Dan Bristow
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / Size Of Wales
Contractor: Mark Wallinger

Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden
Designed by Katherine Holland
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / Sue Ryder

Planet Good Earth
Designed by Betongpark & Urban Organic
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / Planet Good Earth 
Contractor: Stewart Landscape Construction (consultants)

Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden
Designed by Chris Hull & Sid Hill
Sponsor: Project Giving Back / Bowel Research UK
Contractor: Atlantes Landscapes

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