The youngest show garden designer ever is set to feature in a Bord na Móna/Vital Earth-sponsored Rich Landscapes’ 2014 Chelsea show garden, Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden.
This follows its similar previous involvement with last year’s gold medal winner, Un Garreg, also designed by brothers, Harry (aged 26) and David Rich (aged 23). Chelsea takes place on 20 – 24 May next year.
Previously, the youngest show garden designer was John van Hage, who designed the Daily Express garden in 1991 aged 26.
Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden features serpentine stonewalls outlining simple constellations with a boundary hedge revealing irregular copper discs against a dark backdrop, resembling stars. Inside, modest seating combines with a range of different sized protruding boulders resembling fallen meteors.
Planting echoes the feel of the spiralling Milky Way with blues, whites and purples crafting a naturalistic space with a canopy of trees opening to reveal the sky.
Two reflection pools resemble black holes (dead stars), mirroring the sky and surrounding planting. A spiral staircase leads to a roof top space suitable for relaxing and viewing the night sky.
The Rich's were brought up in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons.
David Rich said: "We have always been close to nature and have a passion to reconnect people with the natural surroundings; a connection, which in this modern day and era is so easily lost. We are also very keen on using natural, locally sourced materials. They have a raw honesty about them and show a real knowledge and understanding of the land."
Bord na Móna head of UK consumer Steve Harper said: "Harry and David are a young team with real talent who specialise in interpreting their native landscape, using environmentally kind materials and sympathetic planting. These are exactly the values that our peat-free brand Vital Earth seeks to espouse and if a brand like this can help designers like this to succeed at Chelsea yet again, then I will be delighted. I am confident that with Bord na Móna’s support, the Rich brothers and Vital Earth will again win hearts and minds at the premier gardening show."
The Rich brothers were voted 43rd sexiest males in Wales in a recent Western Daily Post poll.
At Chelsea in 2004, four 13-year-olds, Alex Hosking, Zoe Harrison and Sian and Kamala Johal from Burntwood School for Girls, South London, won first prize in the schools Green Garden Competition, organised by car manufacturer Daihatsu and the RHS. The prize was for their design to make up the Diahatsu Green show garden at Chelsea that year.