The 2015 design, entitled ‘The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth’ has been created for headline sponsor, Cloudy Bay, the winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. The garden uses growing and landscaping materials from Vital Earth and will unite garden design with a wine tasting experience.
This latest Chelsea venture follows Vital Earth’s previous involvement with the silver-gilt medal winning Rich Landscapes’ 2014 entry, ‘Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden’, as well as the brothers’ gold medal winning artisan garden ‘Un Garreg’ designed by Harry and David at Chelsea 2013.
‘The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth’ will explore a contemporary red and white theme, representing Cloudy Bay’s signature wines, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. David Rich said: "It will convey ‘how things simply fit together’ through the structure and architecture of the wine, as well as the Marlborough terroir where micro-climates and diverse soil types deliver complexity of flavour and aroma."
The brothers who will be 27 and 24 respectively at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 show remain amongst the youngest ever designers ever to be involved in winning Chelsea show gardens.
Harry Rich said: "It’s a true privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay and Vital Earth together. There are many affinities between gardening and winemaking and it’s amazing to be so close to it, while also helping others understand the beautiful process and experience of wine through this garden design."
Cloudy Bay brand manager Maria Ines Pina said: "Coming from the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the Rich Brothers truly understand nature, how people connect to it and the authentic simplicity of Cloudy Bay. The garden will embrace our approach to winemaking and will be a sensitive interpretation of the simplicity, modernity and intensity of flavour found in Cloudy Bay wines."
Bord na Mona UK consumer head Steve Harper, who is new Growing Media Association chairman, said: "The environmentally friendly materials and sympathetic planting encompass the essence of Vital Earth and both brands represent the quality and authenticity, naturally afforded by the climate and the soil. The combination of Cloudy Bay and Vital Earth brings home the idea of natural resources, harnessed with integrity, responsibility and vibrancy."
A moveable shack in the centre of the garden is designed to reflect the vineyard’s heritage, giving different perspectives of the garden, whatever the weather. Another aspect of the garden is water features "portraying the clean crisp character of the white Sauvignon Blanc", together with oak reflecting the old wooden wine casks.