If you love gardens but feel that you’re a bit short on creativity, then seeing how design experts create a garden can be very inspiring. But when a series of designers reinterprate one RHS show garden into a number of different concepts, it becomes fun as well as inspirational.
The original Cloudy Bay Discovery garden, designed by the Wilson McWilliam Studio, won a silver-gilt medal at this years’ RHS Chelsea Flower Show. At the end of the Show, Cityscapes arranged for four young designers to interpret the design by selecting and re-using materials from the garden. These four gardens were displayed at the Oxo Tower Wharf in London over the summer.
The first was by designer John Sim:
and subsequent gardens by Anouschka Feiler, Matthew Childs and Dan Lobb:
The final reincarnation of the silver-gilt medal winning Cloudy Bay Discovery garden by the original designers took place at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show in London.
The original design was distilled and used only the basic ingredients of the garden. These were held aloft, poised above bowls containing related materials, so for example, the apple tree hovered above a bowl of apples and so on.
The concepts may seem abstract, but there’s lots of ideas that can be gleaned and put to use in any garden, check out:
- materials for paths and walls and how they were used together
- how plants were placed together
- how one plant in great swathes can be effective
- what colours looked good together
- how the space was divided up
This was a project that showed how garden design experts can fire up your imagination and encourage creative recycling, it was the garden that kept on giving.
Catch up on the original show garden in it’s full glory in this earlier post
images: Cityscapes, Gavin McWilliam