For this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Tom has designed a modern garden of subtle and varying texture that is both completely modern and intensely romantic.
As its centrepiece, it features an elegant bronze Pavilion, designed by award winning architect Jamie Fobert (www.jamiefobertarchitects.com) and constructed from folded sheets of patinated copper. The sculpture of the Pavilion contrasts with the purity and naturalism of its surroundings - an elongated pool of water, richly textural natural stone, curving pathways and vibrant spring woodland planting.
The planting itself consists of three separate elements: a grove of Betula nigra, with its attractive peeling copper bark reflecting the colour of the Pavilion, two hedges of cloud-pruned Buxus sempervirens which encloses the garden further, and under planting of woodland flowers, dominated by grasses, Euphorbias, blue Iris sibirica and fresh white flowers.
The 2010 garden has sustainability at it’s heart; the York stone will be reused on a country garden project and the Pavilion will be re-located to a private garden in London after the show. The garden is being grown and constructed by Crocus (www.crocus.co.uk)
Drawing by Tom Stuart Smith