We’re so excited… We can finally announce that we’ve been accepted to build a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019! Our garden will appear in the Artisan category and will feature in the 2019 show along with entries from huge brands like Ikea and Facebook. It’s been a labour of love the last few months; with our Head of Sales Charlie Davison and Kingston Maurward garden designer Michelle Brown putting in many hours of work to create a concept and visuals that were of a high enough standard to be accepted into what many in our industry regard as the world’s most famous garden show.
We’ve partnered with Dorset’s Kingston Maurward College for this venture with good reason. Their ethos is to inspire future generations of landscaping professionals and that’s what we’re passionate about. We love this industry and are keen to raise its profile with young people and present it as a wonderful alternative to the conventional career paths schools are currently pushing youth towards.
We want kids who have never considered the idea of garden design or landscape construction as a career to be aware of what a great way to make a living this industry is. The team at KMC feel the same and Michelle has produced a truly beautiful design that we think will serve as a great inspiration to all who see it.
Our garden will also be acting as a celebration, as in 2019 Kingston Maurward College will have been educating future land-based professionals for an amazing 70 years! Throughout the college’s existence they’ve focused on artisanal craft techniques with beautiful materials – and our concept follows this approach. With the bespoke cupola at its heart (created in the college’s forge) we draw inspiration from across the globe, combining metal, stone, wood and flora from Asia, The Mediterranean and our native England. The sawn paving and dry stone walling fuse to create an inviting path using heritage and contemporary versions of Purbeck stone from Kingston Maurward’s own Dorset coast. The path culminates in a place of rest and reflection under the cupola, where thoughts can flow and the next generation of land based professionals can be inspired.
Each of the elements in the garden take cues from parts of the college grounds and this is really evident if you’ve ever been to Kingston Maurward. We were lucky enough to have some beautiful early winter sunshine on a recent trip there and took this chance to document the beauty of the place through the lens. You’ll notice various elements within the picture gallery below that will appear within the finished Artisan Garden.
Kingston Maurward College Estate
Our thoughts are now turning to construction with James Lewis and the team at Adapt Landscapes busy working out the finer points of making this concept a reality. We’ll keep you updated along the way and can’t wait to begin work in earnest in the spring time!