The Cheshire Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019
March 1, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to confirm that it has once again been chosen by the RHS to exhibit a garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2019. This follows on from the success of The Cheshire Garden’s awarding winning design for the ‘Remember Me’ Dementia Garden at the 2017 show. Read more…
As a North-West based garden design business, The Cheshire Garden was thrilled to learn that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) had secured a site in Salford to establish a new world class public garden. RHS Bridgewater is currently being developed on the former location of Worsley New Hall, and when the RHS began offering the opportunity to tour the site while under development, I jumped at the chance.
Leaving the motorway and driving along leafy Leigh Road, an imposing set of wrought iron gates within a long stone wall are passed giving an early hint of the vast site which becomes visible on turning down the access road. At 154 acres, RHS Bridgewater is the largest garden project currently in development in Europe. Congregating at what was the entrance to a garden centre (just one of the many ways the site has been used over the years), me and my fellow tour participants were kitted out in some natty high-vis. Read more…
The Cheshire Garden was commissioned to develop a design for a small courtyard area immediately adjacent to the client’s house. The area adjoins the kitchen and a conservatory but was dark and damp and as a consequence an under used space within a larger cottage garden. The clients wanted the courtyard to provide an extension to their living space which they could use both as an outdoor room and as an attractive vista to enjoy from the warmth of their home during the winter months. Existing garden furniture and a contemporary water feature which had become lost amongst a jungle of overgrown shrubs at the end of the courtyard were to be incorporated into a modern design. The area was also used to provide an outdoor area for the client’s small dog – an expert escape artist! – and so needed to be contained. Read more…
Visiting gardens provides a fantastic opportunity to see different styles, features and planting combinations that can be a source of great inspiration when considering the development of a garden design. A trip to Gresgarth Hall in Lancashire with colleagues from the Society of Garden Designers was a particular treat, as it is the home of renowned landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd and features an impressive garden she has developed over almost 40 years of residence. Spread over 12 acres it is a beautiful example of the English country garden with a variety of both formal and informal areas. Read more…
When you think of Christmas perhaps the garden is not foremost in your mind, but here at The Cheshire Garden we believe that a well-designed garden is one that can be enjoyed all year round. Whether you wish simply to admire the garden from the warmth of your home, or to forage for rustic features to include in hand-crafted Christmas decorations, the key is planning ahead.
As the explosion of Autumn colour gives way to leaf fall and faded flowers the bones of a garden are revealed, and it is at this point in particular that structure is of vital importance in a high-quality garden design. Good Winter structure is achieved through careful consideration of the shapes and forms provided by both landscaping elements and the selection of suitable plants, whether for a large country garden, modest suburban garden or tiny city space. Read more…
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ‘Remember Me’ Dementia Garden
October 19, 2018 - Author: Garden_Designer
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity launched their ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ Dementia Appeal in 2017 to raise £1.5 million to enhance the dementia and cognitive impairment facilities at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. In support of this appeal, The Cheshire Garden collaborated with the Charity, designing a scheme for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on the people of Cheshire. The finished scheme was awarded one of only three highly coveted spots in the Future Spaces category at the show which focusses on innovative approaches to developing outdoor spaces to meet contemporary and future needs. Read more…
“We spend more time out here than we ever did before. Every time we come out there’s a different plant that’s come out or flower. It’s just wonderful, absolutely lovely.”
The clients work from home and wanted a beautiful English garden, full of flowers, that they could take a break in at different times of the day and enjoy from their conservatory when the weather is cooler. Read more…
We were absolutely delighted to be awarded a Silver-Gilt in the Future Spaces category at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park for our ‘Remember Me’ garden. We created the design and built the garden for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity to generate awareness about dementia and its effects amongst the people of Cheshire and their families.
Our design concept focused on evoking memories in order to enhance the person with dementia’s experience of their environment and reduce agitation and distress. We created a ‘home from home’ outdoor space where people with dementia or a cognitive impairment could enjoy the freedom to be themselves. The aim of the garden was to educate and inform visitors of the journey that someone with dementia takes, from first diagnosis through to potentially, 24 hour care.
We used flowers and herbs to express the degeneration of the mind, from bright, vivid snapdragons to white flowers, representing gaps in memory, and a wild flower meadow to show confusion. Our design incorporated hospital beds with calming herbs and head boards with cut out flower features to replicate Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity’s approach to dementia care. A hexagonal structure called the ‘Room of Inklings’, designed and built by international artist Wendy Connelly of RAW-I Studios, also created intrigue for our visitors with all sorts of artefacts used to conjure nostalgia for the past and childhood memories.
We were very proud that the garden generated so much interest for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity’s ‘Everybody knows Somebody’ Dementia Appeal. We are so grateful to our main sponsors 4 Your Home part of Qualtex Ltd and County Homesearch as well as all the other organisations and individuals who contributed to make it all possible.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity and the team behind the ‘Remember Me’ Garden would be grateful for your support of the ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ Dementia Appeal, whether a local business, group or individual you can donate by visiting Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity online by visiting www.mchcharity.org or contact at Emma Robertson 01270 273 248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room of Inklings construction with Greenbelt Landscapes in Cheshire on Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Today was the start of the construction of the ‘Room of Inklings’, which has been created by Wendy Connelly of RAW-i Studios.
On a fine Summer’s day our talented landscaper Matt was busy cutting the timber while we checked out logistics for deliveries into Tatton for the build-up to the main event.
A run down from the day:
• Unusual shapes required precision measurements and angles in order to cut the timber to size;
• Template created so that each of the posts are cut correctly – particularly love the effect of the grain in the timber;
• The timber proved a challenge because it was live and moving. We did, however, achieve the authentic reclaimed look we were after, so we’re all happy;
• One of the wall panels was successfully installed in the background producing a beautiful canvas of waney and rustic wood with a ‘live’ edge.
• We still can’t quite believe that, in just two weeks, the whole structure will have been built. Finally, we’ll check that it all fits together as designed and then all that’s left to do is add the final finishing touches and voilà!