Novice makes quirky Chelsea debut

Art references in self-funded "Plants on Found Objects Garden"

A 77-year-old novice gardener is making his Chelsea debut this year with a bric-a-brac rooftop garden. London-based Tony Samuelson, a former businessman and author of art history books, is self-funding his first Chelsea design named the Plants on Found Objects Garden. Largely a result of his penchant for car boot sales and art, it features 76 plant varieties growing out of all sorts of quirky objects. He said: “Imagine the garden belongs to a hedonistic young man well-grounded in the history of art and things will become clear. The imagined bachelor creator of the garden has studied the history of art and is carving out a career in the creative media, so it all stacks up.” Among the unusual objects in the rooftop space is a yellow ladder-back chair with sunflowers growing up it — a reference to two famous pictures by Van Gogh. Other features include an old rusty water tank with a tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) and a double hammock with a Clematis montana growing up it.

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