The Glory of the Garden, named after Kipling’s poem, marks the third Chelsea collaboration between Pennard Plants and Roots and Shoots. The Edwardian-themed garden was designed by Kew-trained landscape architect Tony Danford.
Wisteria, roses and vines clamber over the soaring Harold Peto-inspired pergola, which divides the formal borders of foxgloves, delphiniums, day lilies, alliums, iris, peonies and other herbaceous perennials, from the business end - the potting bench and cold-frames, of the poem.
Here the hard work of "..the gardeners, the men and ‘prentice boys.." has produced perfect rows of onions, lettuces, beans, cabbages and potatoes. A herb-planted potager, surrounded by a low box hedge, with a pedestalled bird bath in its centre, grows herbs for the table.
Roots and Shoots director Linda Philips said: "This should really be the goodwill garden.
"It’s built on many thousands of pounds of goodwill and generosity and very little money, £5,740 to be exact. Not your typical Chelsea garden for sure but it has been made by horticultural professionals who have put everything into creating something beautiful and memorable."
Roots and Shoots’ students are disadvantaged young people from the inner city. Through working on a Chelsea garden they gain practical and social skills and the chance at success and recognition.
The young horticulture students are taught that "half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees". As Kipling explains, "...such gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade."
Pennard Plants’ Chris Smith said the company was "pleased and proud" to be working with Roots and Shoots.
"We always try to stage 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, is amazing and brings together a glorious English garden from the Edwardian period whilst emphasising the work and skill needed to cultivate plants to this high standard."