Jesmonite on show for first time in Chelsea garden

Spanish designer Fernando Gonzalez has replicated the look of white marble in his RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden - without the price tag.

Fernando Gonzalez' Chelsea garden     Image: Irene Laschi
Fernando Gonzalez' Chelsea garden Image: Irene Laschi

The garden, sponsored by the Pure Land Foundation, is inspired by the dramatic topography of the Chinese landscape with its great mountains and river valleys and the sophisticated concept of nature found in traditional gardens and scroll paintings.

Traditional Chinese gardens were places where art, nature and ideas were integrated perfectly to create a harmonious natural setting for serene contemplation and meditation. The Pure Land Foundation Garden aims to emulate the flowing shapes found in Chinese gardens and evoke a sense of wellbeing and positive energy.
However in Gonzalez’ modern interpretation, most of the hard landscaping is made from a marble-like material called Jesmonite. This UK-invented and manufactured gypsum-and-resin-based product can be used to replicate the appearance of any surface finish – in this case white marble. It forms the garden’s main structure as well as the planters, seating, side table and water feature, and is complemented by silver-coloured sandstone linear paving.

Jesmonite is not solvent-based and is subsequently kinder to the environment, and since it can replicate stone that is often sourced from India and China this also reduces carbon footprint significantly.

Buckingham Palace and the Imperial War Museum already use Jesmonite but this is the first time it will feature at Chelsea.

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