2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Artisan and Urban Gardens unveiled

The RHS has revealed its line up of Artisan and Urban Gardens to feature in the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Artisan Garden category - new for the 2011 show and which replaces the Courtyard Garden category - asks designers to use natural, sustainably resourced materials in an a

rtistic manner.

The established Urban Gardens category looks for clever solutions for small outdoor spaces.

Artisan gardens lineup:

The Basildon Bond Garden by Hamelin Paper Brands, pays homage to the birth place of Basildon Bond, Apsley Mill, using reclaimed bricks to represent the mill structure with a water feature that provides sound and movement. Blue is a strong colour theme so grasses and Iris will feature as well as a post box. This garden is designed by the runner up in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2010, William Quarmby, held at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

 
A Child's Garden in Wales by Anthea Guthrie Garden Design along with children from special needs schools Heronsbridge and Ysgol Bryn Castell features a typical Welsh Valley garden set just after the war in the late 1940s with a 'make do and mend' theme.

 
A Postcard from Wales by Kati Crome and Maggie Hughes is inspired by Dylan Thomas' hometown Laugharne. The garden has a driftwood timber fence and gate and features fruit trees, common salt marsh plants and self seeded shrubs and small trees. Pathways will be in Welsh slate slabs with cockleshell edging.

 
A Literary Garden by Martin Cook and Bonnie Davies is a 'poet's retreat' - featuring overgrown blue, mauve, pink and white plantings and verses from poems carved into various features within the garden provoking thought and reflection.

 
The Hae-Woo-So (Emptying One's Mind: Traditional Korean Toilet) by Narae Oh is a conceptual garden featuring a toilet and is also a place where one can free the mind. The main plants are composed of wild flowers and grass with Hedera which cleans the air and promotes sustainability of the garden micro-organisms.

The Fever Tree House Garden by Stephen Hall, is a theatrical, playful garden inspired by plants that have been used to naturally treat fever, including quinine. Built entirely from recycled, found, borrowed and reclaimed materials the garden with its quirky tree house demonstrates an interesting garden on a small budget is possible.
 
Gillespies will follow the success of their Rhubarb Crumble and Custard garden - winner of the People's Choice Award in 2010 - with its Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.

 
Urban Gardens line up:

Across the Pond by Adam Frost Design is a garden inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and includes some of his well known principles, including innovative use of concrete and the balance of nature with manmade materials.

 The Ace of Clubs by Domoney, features a flamboyant garden reminiscent of a night club VIP room with relaxation couches, artwork on walls and bold planting schemes plus sound system and outdoor lasers!

Stockton Drilling by Gardeners' Boutique is an urban garden converted from industrial buildings. It features recycled wood planks and wind turbines and galvanized containers to collect rain water.

The Chilstone Garden by Heather Appleton has been designed with the workaholic urbanite in mind and is a relaxing fun space in which to unwind. It features a mock window to deceptively expand the garden space and a grown up paddling pool.
 
The Power of Nature by KKE Architects represents the four elements of earth, air, fire and water which are used to store and release solar energy. The garden illustrates nature providing renewable energy to be captured to heat our homes.
 
The RNIB Garden, by Paul Hervey-Brookes, is part of a larger recreational garden being created as part of a new children's residential home and school being built by the Royal National Institute for the Blind in Coventry. Planting incorporates flower colours in shades that are easy for visually impaired users to identify.

The Magistrate's Garden by Kate Gould represents the longevity of the magistrates since 1361 offering a welcoming and safe space for calm contemplation. Two contemporary bench seats face each other across the water feature.

The Doncaster Deaf Trust Garden by Graham Bodle is designed for students and tutors at the Doncaster Deaf School and has two separate seating areas facing each other making sign language possible. A textured sculpture, running water, fruits and plants will feature.

RHS Head of Show Development Bob Sweet said:

"We are excited about the new introduction of artisan gardens, which, combined with urban gardens at Chelsea will ensure that visitors will see some incredible designs highlighting innovation, creativity and sustainability."
 
 
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, takes place on 25-28 May 2011.
Tickets now on sale: www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea.


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