Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea Flower Show’

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Irish Sky Garden

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Contemporary garden design by Diarmuid Gavin

Irish Sky Garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

Contemporary garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, has created a variety of striking gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the years, but his Irish Sky Garden is in a league of its own.

Drawing inspiration from the visual effects in the film Avatar, featuring the floating islands of Pandora, and the Restaurant in the Sky, which is suspended in the air by a crane, his Irish Sky Garden design is an elaborate creation.
Diarmuid Gavin contemporary garden design

Irish Sky Garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

At ground level, there’s a lush green garden with 25 small pools of water, which offer reflections of the action above. Hanging from a crane 25m above the Chelsea Flower Show, is a bright pink floating pod with a roof of lawn, which contains its own mini garden.
The Irish Sky Garden is Diarmuid Gavin’s seventh garden for Chelsea and we’re thrilled to learn that he’s finally won a much deserved gold medal for his efforts.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Basildon Bond centenary artisan garden

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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.

Garden planting design ideas

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Salad garden design idea

Salad garden design idea

It’s always a bit tricky to know where to start when you’re designing and planting your garden. Some of the designers at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show are letting us into their secrets and sharing their ideas for garden planting designs.

If you’re in need of inspiration, then check out the downloads available here. It includes examples for borders, shady areas, gardens that get lots of rain, colours and even simple vegetable gardens.

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