2011 RHS Chelsea show gardens unveiled

A shortlist of 18 show gardens has been confirmed for the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May).

RHS Chelsea show manager Alex Denman said:  "We have literally been inundated with exhibitors, and our final selection of show gardens represents the very best garden designers in the world today.

"It’s fantastic to see sponsors M&G are bringing back Bunny Guinness who is returning to Chelsea after an eight year absence. We are also delighted to have on board Robert Myers, Luciano Giubbilei and James Wong."

 Confirmed Gardens

  • The M&G Garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Bunny Guinness is a modern take on a traditional kitchen garden.
  • The Well Tailored Garden, exhibited by Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard and designed by Madison Cox features a ‘well dressed’ urban garden with spring flowering bulbs from North America and Asia.
  • The B&Q Garden highlights the environmental difference every gardener can make through an 8m high, vertical living wall of window boxes demonstrating vertical farms and urban food production.
  • The British Heart Foundation Garden, designed by Ann-Marie Powells, is themed around the movement of the heart’s veins and arteries and cleverly includes heart shaped foliage and ‘aspirin’ plant Salix angustifolia.
  • The Cancer Research UK Garden, designed by Robert Myers, has a ‘Surviving’ and ‘Seashore’ combined theme using plants adapted to survive in coastal conditions.
  • The Daily Telegraph Garden by designer Cleve West explores timelessness and permanence through species plants and modern hybrids in a peaceful, relaxing sunken garden.
  • The Trailfinder’s Australian Garden presented by Flemings Nurseries is themed on the journey of the HMS Endeavour and the botanical discoveries that Joseph Banks made on his voyage between 1768 and 1771.
  • Gateshead Council’s Essence of a City Garden reflects Gateshead’s long terms vision to become a city.
  • The Homebase Garden takes its inspiration from childhood memories of trips to Cornwall featuring naturalistic shapes and textures of Cornwall and a colour scheme of blue, pink and white.
  • The Green Poem Garden by Kazuyki Ishihara is based on the mountain-scapes of Nagasaki in Japan and features water, rocks, wind and soft greens to create calmness.
  • The Laurent-Perrier Garden by award-winning designer Luciano Giubbilei brings together garden, art and architecture. 
  • The Leeds Garden draws attention to the importance of waterpower in the industrial evolution in Leeds.
  • The Monaco Garden by designer Sarah Eberle illustrates the landscape and architecture of Monaco with Mediterranean plants and colour scheme.
  • The New Wild Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett for The Landscape Agency takes its inspiration from The Wild Garden, a book by William Robinson published over a century ago.  
  • The Australian Garden, designed by Jim Fogarty for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, charts the passage of water through Australia’s landscape.
  • The Skyshades Garden, by Marney Hall illustrates how beautiful an office garden can be using eco friendly materials and native plantings to encourage wildlife.
  • The key structure in the Tourism Malaysia  Garden is the central pavilion which is inspired by the slatted buildings of traditional kelong fish farms. 
  • The Kew Eureka Garden, in partnership with Kew Gardens and The Times showcases the significance of plants to science and society through design and planting.

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