Chelsea 2013: The Wasteland Garden

Kate Gould returned to The RHS Chelsea Flower during the centennial year with her first show garden The Wasteland. A regular exhibitor in the urban garden category, Kate has previously enjoyed several gold and silver awards along with the much coveted 'Best in category' for her 2007 - Upstairs Downstairs garden and 2009 - Eco Chic Garden.

The theme for The Wasteland was very much inspired by Kate's personal experiences working in and around London. There are many unloved spaces in towns and cities that can be renovated to create havens for wildlife and people. We do not need to demolish these areas to create new spaces as long as existing structures are made safe.

The Wasteland has been created on one such unused piece of ground, an abandoned water pumping works. Some of the waste from the site’s industrial past is re-used within the garden (including the headwall, storm drain, corrugated steel panels, old timber and crazy paving for flooring). Although old, these materials are given a new lease of life when re-worked into a modern garden that is designed for communal use.

The garden is part of a larger development, but this particular section offers a sense of privacy; there are spaces to sit and relax under the canopy of trees, enveloped by small shrubs and pretty perennials, with the sound of water gently burbling in the background.

Plants have been selected in some part for their naturalising qualities and to soften a hardscape in shades of grey. Lush green ferny foliage and bold leaf shapes cast shadows against dull concrete and metal while warmth is achieved by selected planting in blue and rich deep red. The garden is intended in the main as a late spring garden which would be quieter later in the year as natural water availability dries up.

The wasteland is currently a self-sponsored garden however interested parties are welcome to contact Kate Gould Gardens to discuss sponsorship opportunities. Anyone interested in recycling, regeneration or redevelopment may find the garden an ideal platform for their brand messaging.

Plant List
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Viridis'
Allium atropurpureum
Anthriscus sylvestris
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Asarum europaeum
Asplenium scolopendrium
Betula nigra
Brunnera macrophylla
Camassia cusickii
Cirsium rivulare
Convallaria majilis
Cornua 'Midwinter Fire'
Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
Cornus kousa
Corydalis flexuosa
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
Dicentra 'Aurora'
Digitalis x mertonensis
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris felix-mas
Enkianthus campanulatus
Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum'
Equisetum hymale
Erythronium 'Pagoda'
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Robbiae',
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Hakonechloa macra
Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Lime'
Hesperis matronalis ver. albiflora
Hosta 'Royal Standard'
Iris sibirica 'Dulas'
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
Leucojum aestivum
Ligularia 'Desdemona'
Luzula nivea
Matteucia struthiopteris
Onoclea sensibilis
Paeonia 'Krinkled White'
Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
Polystichum aculeatum
Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'
Rheum palmatum
Rhododendron 'Albert Schweitzer'
Rodgersia 'Chocolate Wings'
Sanguisorba menziesii
Saxifraga 'Primuloides'
Selinum wallichianum
Sesleria autumnalis
Smilacina racemosa
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stipa tenuissima
Typha minima
Viburnum opulus
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Vinca minor 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Zantadeschia aethiopica

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