Diarmuid Gavin's eccentrics garden takes place among Chelsea Flower Show 2016 line-up

Garden designer Diarmuid Gavin has planned a Harrods-sponsored 'Heath Robinson' eccentric garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Gavin is designing for Harrods at the triangle site with the British Eccentrics Garden, where he won most creative exhibit with the tallest ever garden at Chelsea (80ft), the seven storey Westland Magical Tower Garden in 2012.

The Irish designer has previously designed a roof garden for Harrods in Knightsbridge, London this year.

Harrods had a 'fresh' small garden at Chelsea 2015 with a perfume theme, designed by Sheena Sheeks.

The garden will feature terraces and topiary complete with octagonal folly and a sunken Italianate pond. Every 15 minutes, box balls will bob up and down, conical bay trees begin to twirl, and planting will rise from the ground to dress the first-floor windows. A wooden shed houses contraptions created from cogs, wheels, straps and parts of old bicycles which form the garden gadgetry.

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants' Rosy Hardy has designed her first show garden: ‘Forever Freefolk’, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. It is inspired by endangered chalk streams in Hampshire.

Bowdens will take Hillier's place on the central monument site in the pavilion with a 600sqm planted-up train station complete with a train carriage from 1920s Belmond British Pullman with liveried stewards in a garden of plant hunters from around the world.

New Covent Garden Flower Market makes its debut to the show with a floral installation exploring the connection between the wholesalers of London's New Covent Garden Flower Market and independent florists.

Millais Nurseries will this year celebrate the centenary of the Rhododendron Society, which held its first AGM at Chelsea Flower Show in 1916. Their walk through exhibit will compare large growing plants that were favoured 100 years ago, to the modern, compact varieties better suited to today's smaller gardens.

Among the 100 exhibitors in the pavilion are newcomers Tom Smith Plants, Hoggarth Hostas, Plantbase and Love the Plot You’ve Got.

Among show gardens, Cleve West’s return with M&G Investments, with a garden inspired by a memory of the ancient oak woodland on Exmoor National Park where the designer spent his teenage youth. The garden will feature approximately 30–40 tonnes of stone, sourced from a quarry in the Forest of Dean, and includes a stone and gravel path with woodland-edge planting leading to a sunken terrace and pool.

Chihori Shibayama & Tea Yano create their first Chelsea Show Garden for Watahan & Co, which aims to convey the diverse cultures of the UK and Japan.

Chris Beardshaw returns to Chelsea with a garden for Morgan Stanley which will be rebuilt on the roof of Great Ormond Street Hospital after the show. Other 2015 gold-medal winners include James Basson with ‘The L’Occitane Garden’; Jo Thompson, who has designed ‘The Chelsea Barracks Garden’; RHS Young Designer of the Year 2010 Hugo Bugg, back with ‘Royal Bank of Canada Garden’; and Andy Sturgeon with ‘The Telegraph Garden’ which features the work of 10 different craftsman including architectural ironworks, artists, sculptors, ceramists and more.

Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens has developed an acoustic Artisan Garden for disability charity Papworth Trust, inspired by world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Sarah Eberle designs for Viking Cruises, based on the floating gardens of the silk-weaving region of the Mekong River in Cambodia.

In Fresh Gardens, Juliet Sargent’s Chelsea debut aims to raise awareness of the 13,000 slaves living in the UK, as well as more than 27 million worldwide.

Also exhibiting in the Fresh category for The Marble and Granite Centre are design duo Martin Cook and Gary Breeze, who have created a garden set inside a giant 2.5m granite cube.

Other highlights in the Fresh and Artisan section include ‘The World Vision Garden’ designed by John Warland, ‘The Dye Garden’, and John Everiss with a garden for Meningitis Now.

It remains unclear if UK Horticulture will exhibit with Waitrose. The NFU say they are not involved.

There are 16 show gardens in all, four designed by one and one by a male/female partnership. Two are designed by former RHS young designers of the year. Chelsea, in recent years, has had 14 show gardens. Two more gardens are to be announced. There is more space at the show this year after relandscaping of the area near the hospital. 

There are at least two Japanese-themed gardens, with five UK-themed and one each with an Australian (Albone) and French theme (Basson). There are six designers new to the show and sponsors come from finance (five), retail/products (five), development (two) and other (four). Kelways is the nursery supplying four of the gardens listed-Albone, Basson, Shibiyama and MacDonald.

Show gardens:

 The Chelsea Barracks Garden

  • Sponsor: Qatari Diar
  • Designer: Jo Thompson Contractor: Landform.

The design is inspired by the heritage of the Chelsea Barracks site and by the architecture and landscaping of the new development which neighbours the Royal Hospital. Roses interspersed with perennial planting feature prominently throughout the garden, reflecting the listed Garrison Chapel with its stained glass Rose Window, which is preserved as the development's centrepiece.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden

  • Sponsor: Royal Bank of Canada
  • Designer: Hugo Bugg
  • Contractor: Himalayan Landscaping & Landscape Associates

The Harrods Eccentric British Garden

  • Sponsor: Harrods
  • Designer: Diarmuid Gavin
  • Contractor: Diarmuid Gavin

The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden

  • Sponsor: Winton Capital 
  • Designer: Nick Bailey
  • Contractor: gardenlink

Gardena and Husqvarna present 'Support, a garden in Melbourne'

  • Sponsor: Gardena and Husqvarna
  • Designer: Charlie Albone
  • Contractor: Conway Landscaping

 The M&G Garden

  • Sponsor: M&G
  • Designer: Cleve West
  • Contractor: Swatton Landscape

The Telegraph Garden

  • Sponsor: The Daily Telegraph
  • Designer: Andy Sturgeon
  • Contractor: Crocus

God’s Own Country – A Garden for Yorkshire

  • Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Designer: Matthew Wilson
  • Contractor: TBA

The L’Occitane Garden

  • Sponsor: L’Occitane
  • Designer: James Basson
  • Contractor: Peter Dowle

The Watahan East & West Garden

  • Sponsor: Watahan
  • Designer: Chihori Shibiyama & Tea Yano
  • Contractor: Landform Consultants

Brewin Dolphin – Forever Freefolk Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin Designer: Rosy Hardy Contractor: TBC

Cloudy Bay Garden Name: The Cloudy Bay Garden (TBC) Sponsor: Cloudy Bay Designer: Sam Ovens Contractor: TBC

The Hartley Botanic Garden Sponsor: Hartley Botanic Designer: Catherine MacDonald Contractor: TBC

LG Electronics – Smart Garden Sponsor: LG Electronics Designer: Hay Hwang Contractor: TBC

Vestra Wealth Sponsor: Vestra Wealth Designer: Paul Martin Contractor: TBC

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