The Place2be Securing Tomorrow Garden is designed to be a sanctuary for children who need a place to feel safe and calm, and where they can meet with someone to talk about what's on their mind, be it a Place2be mental health practitioner, therapist, teacher, family member or friend. It's a space that facilitates and stimulates conversation. We are so honoured to be involved with this amazing garden and excited to be at RHS Chelsea 2022 - MORE COMING SOON
The Garden was and overgrown and full of beautiful mature shrubs and plants. Unfortunately they were all in the wrong places.
The client wanted to use the garden to sit close to her young son while he played in the garden. In order for her to be able to see the entire garden it meant losing most of the existing plants.
The rear of the house being south facing, is subject to intense sunshine during the summer months. Screening was introduced by adding a large pergola and a small plunge pool brings calming and cooling water.
The client wanted the planting to be impactful and low maintenance. We also wanted to try and replace the removed plants. We ended up with a long cherry laurel hedge to soften the fence and Large Hydrangea 'Annabelle' repeating throughout the garden.
The first phase of the build was completed prior to Christmas and we will return in the spring to add the Pergolas, the plants and seed the lawn. Fingers crossed the plunge pool as well!
The 2 Indian stone patio areas are linked with a wide walkway. The deck is 1.4m wide and feels very luxurious to walk down and admire the meadow grass, Cherry trees and Hydrangeas, that will be planted in the next phase.
The Garden was entered in the global impact garden category and was 7 x 5m in size. I wanted the garden to be south facing and considered the shade and where it would fall and how it would look.
The level changes allowed the garden to be split into distinct areas and allow the user to experience the plants at eye level whilst seated as well as fell more enclosed and secluded.
The aim of the garden was to raise awareness to the impact the fashion and textile industry is having in the planet. The Screens at the back of the garden were made using naturally indigo dyed denim woven into a Siberian larch frame.
We had 15 days to build the garden and started with a small area of earth. The hard landscaping went in fairly quickly and in just a few days we had the bare bones of a garden.
After just 5 days we were ready to start bringing in the plants. The longer they have in their final position the better. A plant A&E was set up and they were pampered and feed to get them looking their best.
Working from planter to planter and considering how one area flowed into the next slowly over 800 plants found their homes for the next 2 weeks.
Finally the garden was ready for judging and at 8.30am on the Saturday before the show the judges descended on the garden. We had a massive downpour the night before and were worried the denim would have turned w]everything blue, thankfully all was OK!
A Silver medal and Best Global Impact Garden rounded off one of the most memorable experiences of my life. So many people to thank and so many wonderful comments and conversations had during the show.
We were honoured to have been featured in the BBC coverage of the show and they produced a fantastic 5 minute film all about the garden and issues we wanted to raise more awareness about.
Here is the wonderful film produced by Toby, Georgie, Arit, and the rest of the fabulous BBC team.
During the show we had such wonderful feedback and conversations about the garden and the fashion industry. One of the biggest subjects discussed was the buttons we used in the gravel.
Another talking point and great success was the woodblock pathway. We used sleepers cut into 50mm blocks and made a basket weave block pattern. This innovative and cheap way to tackle paving hit a nerve with many of the visitors to the show.