Things get started for Chelsea Flower Show …

Choosing plants for The Power of Nature Urban Garden

A guest blog by award winning architect and landscape designer, Olivia Kirk:

It’s now the beginning of March and things are hotting up on all fronts for our Chelsea Flower Show garden.  Before Christmas things felt quite relaxed with a definite ‘next year’ feel but as soon as January hit the countdown started.  Overall design and concept drawings have now been turned into detailed drawings and last week we had our penultimate contractor meeting to finalise all the drawings and start manufacturing the robust steels that allow the extremely heavy stone circle to look as though it is hovering above the surface of the water.

The ridiculously low temperatures that turned the UK into Siberia for most of December has meant going back to the drawing board on a number of plants I chose back in September when we were all still optimistic about the array of Mediterranean plants we could get away with having in our gardens.  One of the nurseries I regularly use has lost 75% of his stock plants. I can see shrubs making a come-back!

All of the structural planting is being grown by Kelways in Somerset and will be well looked after by the lovely Dave Root who grew the show stopping peonies in the garden last year for the University of Worcester.  This is me back in November choosing some of the water plants just before the temperatures started to drop.

More updates on how the garden is progressing are to follow – so watch this space…

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