Update on the East & West Garden – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Here is an update on the East & West Garden, designed by celebrated Japanese garden designers Tea Yano and Chihori Shibiyama of Watahan Design Lab. Our foreman Ed and his team have been busily working away for the nearly two weeks now. It’s a tough build with two converted storage container buildings which float above a pool water feature.

Tea Yano & Chihori Shibiyama and their Japanese team | Ed and the Landform team.

Tea Yano & Chihori Shibiyama and their Japanese team | Ed and the Landform team.

The whole team - East & West

The whole team, coming together – East & West

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the designers and the team on this build is communication. The designers don’t speak much English and Ed and his team certainly don’t speak Japanese so they are having to rely on a translator’s help who is working elsewhere in the showground. Not deterred however – the two groups are managing to make themselves understood and are keeping to schedule despite the changeable weather. That’s what we call teamwork!

The two garden structures being installed & completed.

The two garden structures being installed & completed.

Ed and the Landform crew are currently laying the Japanese paving in a western way and it looks stunning. By Wednesday this week the metalwork, made by Bill Bunce which is being powder coated off-site, should be installed and then the planting can begin in earnest.

Paving

There was a bit of excitement for Ed – when Tokyo TV, who are following Tea Yano’s build for the show, came on site to interview him!

Tokyo TV interviewing foreman Ed on site

Tokyo TV interviewing foreman Ed on site

We are really looking forward to seeing the planting on this garden towards the end of the week.

The garden taking shape.

The garden taking shape.