Chelsea 2012: The M&G Garden

The M&G Garden
For their garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, M&G commissioned award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon to create a show garden for their third year at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and the garden incorporates traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural materials and country garden planting.

With references to the gardens at Hidcote Manor and Sissinghurst, The M&G Garden has a strong asymmetric quality, characteristic of the Arts and Crafts style; a series of formal, linear paths and terraces will combine with a mirrored water channel to create a succession of garden rooms delineated by three striking monolithic walls and a ‘floating’ oak bench, that are framed by bold yew hedging.

We particularly liked this garden and it was a real crowd pleaser. The iron work though the middle of the pond was a great architectural detail that we would like to emulate. We have seen sheets of steel that has been cut out to make intricate designs, even the left over sheets make beautiful sculptures if mounted correctly. I would love to use them as an alternative to standard trellis in the garden, screening out the view and the neighbours to give the patio area far move privacy.

Of course the sculpture in this garden has been designed for the space and ties in with the cut outs in the stone.

Overall a stunning garden.

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