Anoushka Feiler completes Cityscapes Remix Garden on London's South Bank

The second Cityscapes Remix Garden - reworked from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden - has been completed by Anoushka Feiler.

Designer Feiler said she took inspiration from the garden’s urban location adjacent to London South Bank’s OXO Tower, and the original Cloudy Bay garden and its theme; water is always precious sometimes scarce.

She said: "I wanted to do it on the idea of freeing the garden and freedom as a larger idea as well. Freedom is also always precious, sometimes scarce. It starts gritty at one end and gradually gets more and more free. I wanted a green explosion and I wanted it to be beautiful."

She used all the healthy plants from the original gardens and added some autumnal flowering perennials including Echinacea, hellenniums and red sedums.

This is the second Cityscapes urban garden festival delivered in partnership with the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter.

Cityscapes director Darryl Moore said the project which started on 1 August and runs until 20 October was going really well.

"The best thing is watching people interact with it. It was a grey, grim space before and the residents have been very keen and responsive," he said.

"They’ve really enjoyed watching the builds, people are really interested in seeing how it happens, it’s been like a performance."

The garden was built with the help of Putting Down Roots, a gardening project for homeless and ex-homeless people run by charity St Mungo’s.  

Moore said group members were full of initiative and skilled at using recycled materials sourced from nearby building sites.

"They look after lots of gardens around here and take a real sense of pride in doing something different from what they do normally.  It’s really good to have them involved."

Fellow designer Matthew Wilson said of the Remix Project: "It’s a great initiative one of the most commonly asked questions people get asked about show gardens is what happens to them afterwards.

"For me to get the good that show gardens do for the industry and raising awareness of horticulture and gardening in their brief lives justifies them but if they can have a life after that ‘s fantastic."

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