RHS Wisley reveals design for its glasshouse landscape

Chelsea winner developing design for new landscape.

RHS Wisley will have a sweeping network of pathways based on the idea of a musical fugue to provide the external setting for its £7.7m bicentenary glasshouse. Chelsea gold-winning designer Tom Stuart Smith was commissioned last September, coming up with a final design in December. Stuart Smith said: The pattern emanates from the main entrance to the east of the glasshouse, developing into curving and intersecting paths, planting beds, low beech hedges and lawns to create a series of interlocking sickle shapes.” The landscape is intended to integrate the 3,000sq m glass-house and its accompanying semicircular 6,000cu m reservoir into the garden’s wider landscape. RHS director of estates and gardens Jill Cherry said the reasons for Stuart Smith’s selection were twofold. “First, he is known for the creative use of plants in his designs and is a well-respected plantsman and garden designer. Secondly, he combines this sensitive empathy with plants with a strong use of form in his crafting of the spatial qualities of garden sites.”

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