unveils his Gold Medal winning Homebase Garden, Time to Reflect
, in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We go behind the scenes to see how multiple Chelsea Flower Show winner built his garden, celebrating memories, in just nineteen days and incorporating a staggering number of plants.
Adam has spent hundreds of hours creating and working on his garden. Whilst the design itself was ten months in the making, Adam and his team could only arrive at the Chelsea site nineteen days before the show meaning a highly pressurised few weeks of hard work, battling some very changeable British weather to get the garden ready on time.
Throughout the process, and to assist on the final stages of the build, Adam was joined by the Homebase Garden Academy students. The eleven students helped him make his design a reality by putting into practice the skills learnt from Adam since joining the Academy last November.
The completed garden sees a fusion of natural stone boulders, copper rills and ornamental plants to capture countryside memories - inspiring people to explore the great outdoors and recreate their own memories.
The garden has four different levels to create a pathway and sense of movement. The levels are linked together by natural and hand crafted stone boulders – giving the option of an alternative path to explore the garden by jumping from boulder to boulder, one of Adam’s favourite elements of the design.
The first level houses an oak arbour with a heather clad roof, inspired by nature and the north Devon moors. As well as being a space for the family to cook, eat and socialise, the arbour roof’s planting will provide food for bees and butterflies. Under the benches are log stores that provide shelter for insects, while birds are encouraged with to pay a visit to the carved oak bird feeder.
Extending out from the arbour is the garden’s focal point – a large head carved out of timber. The head encompasses what the garden is about by reminding us of the power and importance of memories to the mind.
Moving down a level brings us to a detailed stone carved boulder, and the first of three ponds that attract dragonflies and damsel flies. Each level is linked by a copper rill that references Devon geology.
The garden is home to over 4,000 plants including Foxgloves, Geraniums, Iris and Epimediums. As you move through the garden, the planting graduates from cool shade-loving woodland plants around the arbour into sun-loving yellow, white and blue plants reminiscent of English Springtime. Carved timber seats inspired by a seed pod are also located throughout the garden – providing the opportunity for people to sit and reflect in the colourful surroundings.
For more information on Alzheimer's, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
20 May 2014