Jo Thompson to design "re-imagined" rose garden for Chelsea Barracks exhibit

Garden designer Jo Thompson will be designing The Chelsea Barracks Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, 2016.

Jo Thompson's Chelsea Barracks garden.
Jo Thompson's Chelsea Barracks garden.

Thompson, in her eighth year at the show, will be presenting a traditional British rose garden, "re-imagined" for the 21st century. The garden will be sponsored by Qatari Diar and built by Landform.

Roses, with perennial planting between, will be a main feature of the garden. They reference the listed Garrison Chapel, with its stained glass Rose Window, which is preserved as the development's centrepiece. The garden will be a place where people can relax and socialise. A bronze sculpture will pay tribute to the Barracks' former residents. A sculpted stone tidal rill will reference the lost River Westbourne, symbolising its original path under the Chelsea Barracks site.

Thompson's design is inspired by the heritage of the Chelsea Barracks site, which neighbours the Royal Hospital, where the Chelsea Flower Show has been held since 1913. Cues will be taken from the architecture and landscaping of the new development.

"I was excited to be approached about creating a Chelsea Barracks Garden for next year's Flower Show," said Thompson. "As a former local resident I used to walk past Chelsea Barracks every day on my way to work and so I was thrilled to have the chance to discover more about the impressive plans for this unique site.

"I'm also delighted to be designing my eighth garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and look forward to creating something really beautiful for the public to enjoy."

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