WWI theme chosen for Chelsea debutante-designed Soldiers' Charity garden

World War One to be the theme of Soldiers' Charity show garden planned for Chelsea next year.

Charlotte Rowe design - image: © Marianne Majerus
Charlotte Rowe design - image: © Marianne Majerus

The Soldiers' Charity (formerly the Royal Army Benevolent Fund) is behind a World War One-themed RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden for 2014.

The Queen is patron of the Soldiers' Charity and is set to visit the garden while making her 50th visit to Chelsea on 20 May 2014, providing it is given the seal of approval by the RHS.

The charity's show garden is designed by Chelsea debutante and former art historian Charlotte Rowe based in London. The World War One theme commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War in 1914.

Chelsea pensioners rattle tins for the charity each year at the event, collecting £40,000 this year.

Rowe said she is yet to receive confirmation from the RHS, which is due to officially announce who will exhibit in 2014 on 11 November - the 95th anniversary of the end of World War One in 1918.

Rowe's gardens are noted for clean architectural lines, lush planting and elegant styling. She also specialises in discreet and effective garden lighting and water features.

Her plant supplier, Somerset-based grower Kelways, said the garden is unlikely to feature any of the plant most associated with World War One - poppies.

Garden design Shortlisted for awards

Charlotte Rowe's design, which has been shortlisted in three categories for the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards, is a good example of her signature style.

She triumphed in the garden lighting category at last year's awards. The judges commented: "The lighting effects are layered, combining effects of downlighting and uplighting to create a magical evening mood."

There are 18 prizes to be won in this year's SGD Awards and 42 projects have been shortlisted. The winners will be announced on 24 January 2014.

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