Monday, May 23,2011
This year “mother earth” has a strong guardian in the person of Elizabeth Banks, a landscape designer, who is the new President of the Royal Horticulture Society. Not only are the “driving goals” of the RHS teaching children the joys of gardening but also to “transform our environmental performance, credentials and culture”.
This years underlying garden theme is
THE USE OF WATER or the lack of it.LAURENT-PERRIER BY LUCHANO GIUBBILEI- NATURE & HUMAN INTERVENTION
TRAIL FINDERS AUSTRALIAN GARDEN
A MONACO GARDEN which won a gold with a layered use of space, incorporating a roof of lavender and a green wall.
IPHONE APPS FOR THE ROYAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY
Always on the edge of new technology, the RHS has introduced an iPhone app to accompany the Chelsea show. I also recommend their free “Grow Your Own” app designed to help you grow your own fruit and veggies based on your own space and time.
This Years Winning Gardens all address the environmental concerns of the RHS and our interactions as humans with nature.
Best In Show
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH GARDEN suggests that left to the nomadic nature of many of the plants the garden will “shift and change, highlighting what was, and what will be.” A beguiling promise!
The Best ARTISAN GARDEN
“The designers were challenged to use an artisan approach in designing, building and choosing materials for their gardens. The were also encouraged to use materials from natural and sustainable sources in an artistic manner.”
HAE-WOO-SO (EMPTYING ONE’S MIND) is the Korean word for the traditional toilet. The toilet is sited in a wild garden away from the house. The path to the toilet presents an opportunity to commune with nature. It is a Korean belief that going to the toilet was a “cathartic experience” and “considered it to be a highly spiritual, natural cycle.”
Installing the garden
The Best Urban Garden
THE WINDS OF CHANGE’s designer recycled industrial fans to produce the home’s electrical power. The fence is recycled gym flooring.
Tomorrow My Favorite Garden and Plants
THE APPLE STORE LONDON