Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Basildon Bond centenary artisan garden

Basildon Bond artisan garden design Chelsea 2011

Basildon Bond garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

The 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is taking place this week and, as ever, there are some amazing garden designs featured.  

There are lots of fantastic gardens and great design ideas to see and, even if you’re not going to the event, there’s plenty of coverage to watch on the BBC .  

Basildon Bond artisan garden by Will Quarmy

Basildon Bond garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

One of the gardens that caught our eye is the Basildon Bond artisan garden, designed by Will Quarmby (from Quarmy Landscaping and Design) to celebrate the centenary of the stationery company. We weren’t quite sure how paper would be incorporated into the design, but it’s been cleverly achieved using waterproof paper atached to the walls of the garden. The paper is attached along the top edge only, so that the sheets move and flap in the wind, casting shadows and light into the garden – it’s very effective. There’s even paper used around a small water feature.  

The garden also includes a reproduction of the Basildon Bond clock and the whole design looks like the perfect place to sit in and put pen to paper.  

Although paper may not be the ideal material to use in your own garden, there are some great ideas and inspiration to take from this design. It illustrates how white needn’t be plain and boring, and can actually create shade and texture in garden design.

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