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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 | by Karen Roe
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden

 

Award: Silver Gilt Medal

Designed by: Harry Rich & David Rich

Built by: Rich Landscapes

Sponsored by: Bord Na Móna

 

Serpentine stonewalls outline simple constellations in this design, providing subtle structure. Detailed benches set within the walls create a modest seating area. A range of different-sized boulders protrude from the garden, representing fallen meteors. The planting scheme echoes the feel of the spiralling Milky Way, with shades of blue, white and purple crafting a naturalistic space. A canopy of trees opens to reveal the sky.

 

Two reflective pools symbolise black holes, reflecting the sky and surrounding planting. A spiral staircase leads to a rooftop space for relaxing and viewing the night sky. The boundary hedge reveals irregular copper discs that contrast with the dark backdrop, depicting constellations.

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Taken on May 23, 2014