Pennard Plants and London educational charity Roots and Shoots will have an Edwardian themed garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show i the Great Pavilion.
The garden will be based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Glory of the Garden in the 150th anniversary of his birth. Bot
Roots and Shoots’ students have learning, social and emotional problems and the young people will be involved in all stages of the garden and will be assessed by staff towards their City and Guilds certification in Horticulture, Floristry, Hospitality and Retail. Floristry students will create Edwardian floral buttonholes for visitors using English flowers in season.
The garden is designed by landscape architect Tony Danford, and has an Edwardian theme and reflects gardening as craft, art and science. The exhibit is divided by an arched pergola, based on Harold Peto’s at West Dean, formal borders at one end feature Gertrude Jekyll-inspired planting including Digitalis, Delphinium, Achillea, Paeonia, and Iris pallida. Mixed herb hedges surround beds of Allium, Gladiolus, Lilies and Eryngium. A herb planted potager, surrounded by low box, with a pedestalled bird bath in its centre, grows herbs for the table.
Roots and Shoots director Linda Phillips said: "This is the opportunity for young people to celebrate the beauty of English gardens and our horticultural and floristry heritage. It emphasises that it’s the hard work of gardeners that makes a garden. Something that’s often forgotten."
Pennard Plants co-owner Chris Smith said: "Pennard Plants are pleased and proud to be working with the team at Roots and Shoots to create a third exhibit at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. We always try to create something new and thought provoking and I believe 2015 will be no exception. The design by Tony Danford, who has worked on our other two collaborations with Roots and Shoots, is amazing and brings together a beautiful, glorious English Garden from the Edwardian Period whilst emphasising the work and skill needed to cultivate plants to this high standard. The garden would be nothing without the gardeners."