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    COURTYARD GARDENS A Touch of France Garden Design in association with Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells Christian before Dior Site number: RM14 Designer: Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour Sponsor: Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells Press contact: Patricia Thirion Press contact tel: 020 8950 2472 Press contact email: patricia_thirion@hotmail.com Exhibitor address: 160 Merry Hill Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 1DG This courtyard is inspired by the Pool garden at 'Les Rhumbs', the childhood home of the iconic fashion designer Christian Dior. Perched on a cliff-top overlooking the Normandy fishing port of Granville, it was Les Rhumbs where the young Dior, encouraged by his mother (herself a passionate gardener) first developed his penchant for design. As a young boy, Christian set out the Pool Garden and designed the pergola, benches and reflection pool. True to the original garden, the planting theme is evocative of the flowers and perfumes so adored by Dior: Jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley, peonies, honeysuckle and scented roses. The garden uses pink and grey, a colour scheme much favoured by Dior, broken with delicate whites and soft mauves. The small rectangular pool, edged with soft pink coloured bricks, remains the focal point and matching bricks cap the raised beds. A wooden trellis and grey pergola provide the backdrop creating a feeling of seclusion and harmony.

    2010 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

    SMALL GARDEN EXHIBITORS

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    In homage to the great fashion designer, a man's jacket is draped casually on the back of the bench: in the buttonhole a sprig of Lily of the Valley (Dior's favourite flower). Bee Friendly Plants Ltd The Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden Site number: RM15 Designer: Janey Auchincloss Designs and Wincer Kievenaar Architects Sponsor: Global Stone Paving Contractor: Michael Gentry Landscapes Plant supplier: Bee Friendly Plants Ltd Press contact: Julian Wood Press contact tel: 0845 606 0240 Press contact email: julian.wood@globalstonepaving.co.uk Exhibitor address: Stone Farm, Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9PE With their numbers already decimated by the effects of intensive farming, climate change and loss of habitat due to increasing urbanisation, our honeybees face further threats to their existence from a range of diseases spread by the parasitic Varroha mite and the, as yet, unexplained Colony Collapse Disorder. The Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden demonstrates how with a careful choice of planting, we can all encourage bees to forage in even the smallest of urban gardens. Set within a honeycomb of formal hedging, bold blocks of Salvia, Agastache and Sedum, with their simple flower structures, welcome bees already tempted by the beautiful red clover lawn. In stark contrast to the vibrant plantings, a vein of inky-black limestone runs beneath golden rings of sandstone, depicting the sinister under current that flows throughout the design - the plight of the bees. The limestone rises to form an imposing wall engraved with a thought-provoking quotation that can be viewed merely as a boundary to the garden, or as a chilling epitaph to the fragility of life. Cardiff Council A Centenary Garden for Captain R.F. Scott Site Number: RM10 Designer: Cardiff Council Parks Department in conjunction with Celf Creative Sponsor: Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering and Cardiff Marine Group Contractor: Landcraft Projects Ltd

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    Press contact: Press contact tel: Press contact email: Exhibitor address: County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW 2010 is the centenary of Captain Scott leaving Cardiff on the SS Terra Nova at the start of his polar expedition to the Antarctic. Cardiff in the Edwardian era was a thriving world class city with an economy driven by coal and shipping. Opulent homes often with formal gardens and topiary reflected the wealth and prosperity. Inspiration has been taken from these gardens, together with a central polar sculpture, for a celebratory courtyard garden paying homage to Scotts polar exploits. This will be built in Cardiff Bay close to where Scott set sail and will epitomise the spirit of endeavour and ambition prevalent in Cardiff today. The garden has a central contemporary sculpture saluting Scotts exploits, with concentric bands of planting. This reflects not only the geographical image of the South Pole with radiating lines of latitude but also the points of the compass, referencing Scotts voyage. Topiary planting supports the link back to the grand Edwardian gardens whilst the softer habits of grasses and lavender lend a more contemporary feel to the garden.

    The garden will be built in Cardiff Bay as part of Cardiffs Scott centenary celebrations, close to where Scott set sail and will epitomise the spirit of endeavour and ambition prevalent in Cardiff today.

    Dr. Francesco Decembrini & Dr. Daniele Zanzi Lights and Colours of the Alps Site number: RM8 Designer: Dr. Francesco Decembrini & Dr. Daniele Zanzi Contractor: Fito-Consult Press contact: Dr. D Zanzi Press contact tel: +39.0332 241 316 Press contact email: dz@fito-consult.it Exhibitor address: Fito Consult, Via Orazio, 5- 21100 Varese, ITALY This garden draws inspiration from the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy. The intention is to pay homage to borderline plants that have a capacity to adapt to extreme environmental conditions but are often unappreciated in everyday gardens. The garden is surrounded on three sides by panels of mirror with images of the Dolomite mountain skyline printed onto. Some of the mirrored prism structures, placed within the garden, reflect light and images of

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    the planting in every direction. The use of mirrors is paramount to this garden as they serve to symbolise both the high altitudes intense sunlight and the reflective nature of the snow and ice. The garden is created with small rocks native to the mountain regions of North Italy as well as the plants: shrubs, small dwarf alpine trees and perennials are planted in a way to withstand the harsh conditions found in the mountain ranges. A misting system is incorporated with the aim of portraying an early morning mountain fog. Solar panels incorporated within the reflective prism are used to power both the misting unit and the lighting system. Naked Garden The Green & Blacks Rainforest Garden Site number: RM16 Designers: Jane Owen with Ann-Marie Powell Sponsor: Green & Blacks Contractor: Garden House Design Press contact: Ms J Owen Press contact tel: 07950 353 623 Press contact email: jane@janeowen.co.uk This garden conjures up a rainforest family home and it is made, in part, by Cameroonian indigenous Jeanne Noua, Mathilde Zang, Marguerite Akom who want to raise awareness about threats that they, and the rainforest, are facing. The garden has roots in the eighteenth century British tradition of narrative gardens which expressed all kinds of stories from political to personal. The story being told here is about life changes that hunter gatherers are making as their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed by illegal logging, mining and bush meat hunting. Roughly cleared productive plots planted, like this one, with crops like maize and cassava are one of the ways that indigenous communities now provide food for themselves. The maize was grown by students from Rushcliffe Comprehensive, Nottinghamshire and by Woodstone Primary and it will be familiar to temperate gardeners. Many more temperate specimens create the rainforest-style planting around the edge of the clearing - an inspiration to UK gardeners who want to create a rainforest in their own backyards.

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    Strutt and Parker and SAC SAC Strutt and Parker Sustainable Highland Garden Site number: RM13 Designer: Amber Goudy Sponsors: Scottish Agricultural College, Strutt and Parker Press contact: Ms A Goudy Press contact tel: 07974 987666 Press contact email: a_goudy@hotmail.com Exhibitor address: 19a Blackford Glen Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6AD We have adapted an ancient Scottish way of life and suggested a more contemporary way of doing it, with nods to the current cause celebres of sustainability and renewable energy we show the harnessing of nature without impacting heavily upon it. The design allows modern lines and technology to fold themselves into the natural landscape, bringing this ancient lifestyle comfortably into the 21st century, while retaining the tradition that makes this way of life unique within Scotland. This garden is a haven for wildlife: it is planted entirely with Scottish natives with the water rill and inbuilt insect homes providing ideal conditions for birds and insects, including the bees from the crofts hive. We demonstrate a way to live in harmony with the native landscape, flora and fauna, and in doing so promote a way of life that is under threat. Two Moors Festival Music On The Moors Site number: RM12 Designer: Christina Williams Sponsors: Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks Sustainable Development Funds, Rathbones Contractor: Landform Consultants Press contact: Penny Adie Press contact tel: 01643 831 370 Press contact email: adie.exmoor@btinternet.com Exhibitor address: Accott Manor, Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7PJ The Two Moors Festival commissioned this garden to highlight links between music and the countryside and to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The garden reflects the landscape of Dartmoor and Exmoor; the damp and cloudy interior of the South West; and the rural church concert venues.

    Look through Gothic willow arches and in the distance you will see moorland with a windswept hawthorn standing proud amongst molinia grasses. From the wild high ground a rocky stream trickles over a Dartmoor granite wall into an

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    amphitheatre-shaped pool. Exmoor cobbles form a gentle surround, the whole representing an audience entranced by the sounds of flowing music. In the lee of the church lies a West Country garden with planting typical and natural to the area. Colours are predominantly a restful palette of green incorporating hostas and ferns with flashes of orange (euphorbias), cream (trollius) and yellow (alchemilla). A specimen Japanese acer lies in the corner providing stark contrast to the dominating and cruelly-shaped hawthorn. The timelessness of classical music and unchanging moorland are combined creatively in a garden designed to nurture your imagination. Walkers Nurseries The Pine & Conifer Enthusiast Garden Site number: RM11 Designer: Walkers Nurseries Ltd Press contact: Mr G Bodle Press contact tel: 01302 770 325 Press contact email: info@walkersnurseries.tv Exhibitor address: Mosham Road, Blaxton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3BA The garden is a tribute to Lawrence and Vera Walker, the founders of Walkers Nurseries & Garden Centre, which was established 60 years ago. Their aim was to share their enthusiasm for pines and conifers with a wider audience. The garden has a small growing area at the rear where plants are produced, whilst at the front pines and conifers are planted with ornamental grasses displaying interesting shapes, shades and colourful tones. With the environment in mind the garden has been created with reclaimed materials from the greenhouse to the reclaimed stone wear. Ever thrifty, the garden makes use of rainwater, recycled pots and a compost heap. An insect house, bird feeder and nesting box are also used to attract wildlife. Welcome to Yorkshire Welcome to Yorkshires Rhubarb Crumble and Custard Garden Site number: RM9 Designer: Gillespies LLP Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire Contractor: Aire Valley Landscapes Plant Supplier: Nostell Priory Roses (Rhubarb E.Oldroyd & Sons) Press contact: Lucy Allen Press contact tel: 0113 322 3563 / 07968 145 611 Press contact email: lallen@yorkshire.com

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    Exhibitor address: Dry Sand Foundry, Foundry Square, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 5DL The garden is a quirky take on the classic dish of rhubarb crumble and custard inspired by Yorkshires very own Rhubarb Triangle, a nine square mile triangle where rhubarb is grown on a massive scale. This garden is made even more celebratory as earlier this year Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was awarded protected name status. Government officials announced the world-famous local produce is to get the same Protected Designation of Origin status as the likes of Parma ham and Champagne from the European Commissions Protected Food Name Scheme. The garden is relaxing, informal and charming. It uses traditional and natural materials and celebrates Yorkshires produce, craftsmanship and its famous landscape. It also demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of an aesthetic but productive response to gardening in a small urban courtyard garden. A mouthwatering bowl of rhubarb sits centre stage, with a traditional dry stone wall crumble topping, all washed down with a good serving of custard flowing through the garden. The York stone patio with custard ring features a handcrafted oak chair (inspired by a spoon), which invites you to relax and experience a taste of Yorkshire. A serpentine path winds through the garden edged by soft swathes and sculptural mounds of Yorkshire inspired planting. Rhubarb forcing pots create focal points throughout the garden. The planting becomes more wild and agricultural as you move through the garden. A feature tree brings a vertical element to the space and a timber perch is incorporated into the drystone wall to create an informal place to sit.

    URBAN SPACES Bradstone Bradstone Biodiversity Garden Site number: RHW35 Designer: Paul Hervey-Brookes (Chris Beardshaw Scholar 2009) Sponsor: Bradstone Press contact: Jane Southcott Press contact tel: 01275 852 026 Press contact email: jane@janesouthcottpr.co.uk Exhibitor address: 1 Anthonys Cross, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JQ Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem. The biodiversity garden prompts us to think of our green spaces not only as a place

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