In the 101 years that the Chelsea Flower Show has been held on the Royal Hospital site, The Daily Telegraph is the only exhibitor to have been awarded the top prize of ‘Best Show Garden’ by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges, three years consecutively (2009, 2010, 2011). The Telegraph won a Gold Medal last year.
Inspired by the De Stijl Movement, this year’s Telegraph garden reflects strong rectilinear geometry with differently sized planting blocks contributing colour and textural relief, whether viewing from within or above the garden. Two walls punctuate the boundary hedges and act as a foil for the plants and garden. Trees and hedges introduce vertical detailing, sculptural form and dappled shade. These form the main structural elements and complement a series of paths and waterways.
Barnett has selected plants to provide harmonious tonal balance and textural contrast within rectilinear planting spaces. Vibrant primary colours and closely related tones used by the De Stijl Movement are emphasised, with restful and balancing foils of green and white.
Barnett said: "I am delighted to be working with The Telegraph on our garden for Chelsea this year. The design is bold, with a striking planting palette underpinned by a strong, rectilinear framework and I cannot wait to see it come to life."