Following the media launch of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, we are pleased to announce that the two show gardens we will be working on over the next few months will be a team effort for both the design and build by Landform.
Landform Consultants founder and managing director, Mark Gregory, is back as a designer at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in eight years. He’s also celebrating a landmark 30 years at the show. Mark is joined by Landform’s lead designer, Catherine MacDonald, who returns with a second Seedlip Garden.
Mark has designed the Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden. A Yorkshire man born and bred, he describes his garden design as “a slice of Wensleydale”, set in the Yorkshire Dales. Inspired by the stunning Wensleydale landscape, the garden features a small stone bothy set on the edge of the lower fells and woodland, with a fast flowing beck running through it. A Yorkstone bridge will connect the bothy to the meadow beyond, and dry stone walling with sheep fencing will keep the wilderness at bay.
The show garden, which will sit on main avenue, will offer up this breathtaking landscape with a contract sown meadow including Ranunculus (Buttercups), Trifolium (Clover), and Primula vulgaris. The bothy will have an ornamental ‘cottage style’ garden that includes vegetables. The stone bothy will include artefacts to embody the importance of the artisan cheeses made throughout Yorkshire.
Catherine’s second garden for Seedlip continues on from the Gold medal-winning collaboration with Seedlip founder Ben Branson earlier this year.
Catherine has designed a conceptual show garden which aims to champion the humble garden pea, Pisum sativum! It will celebrate some of its edible varieties and highlight the cultural, culinary and scientific importance of the pea plant. The garden will also educate visitors about three men from three different centuries: Mendel, Lamborn & Branson himself. Gregor Mendel, known as the ‘father of genetics’ established many of the rules of heredity, using the pea in his experiments. Dr Calvin Lamborn bred the sugar-snap pea, by crossing a rogue garden pea with a snow pea. Ben Branson, the founder of the non-alchoholic spirit drinks company Seedlip, handpicks his family’s peas and distills them into a drink.
The 10 x 10m show garden in the new “A Space to Grow” category features a garden path, formed with circular elements representing the form of the pea, leading to an elevated pavilion or “Peavilion”, which will house a collection of articles relevant to the pea. The garden will also contain water feature bowls and sculptural columns which will act as frames for Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) cultivars. The planting will shine a spotlight on the pea family, Fabaceae, with all species used being from this family of plants.
It promises to be an exciting RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Landform! We look forward to bringing you more news about these two gardens in the coming months.