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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 | by Karen Roe
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden


Sponsored by Homebase

Designed by Joe Swift

Built by Willerby Landscapes


This garden has been inspired by the power of plants and natural forms in an urban and suburban environment. It is a dry, sustainable garden designed for exploration, revealing areas as you move through the space.


Four bold cedar wood frames create long views through the garden, whilst dividing the space into distinct yet visually-connected areas. Stone and wood are present in conventional garden features (stone paving, walling and seating), but are also used in more stylised features such as oversized horizontally-sliced boulders, a water feature and bespoke wooden sculptures to decorate and energise the design.


The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.

It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. From the beginning it has contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens. Every year there have been exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.

It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year.


Whatever you love about gardening, there’s something for you at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

‘Fresh’ is a brand new area that includes modern, inventive gardens with new design ideas, along with tradestands offering ingenious new products.

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Taken on May 25, 2012