As previously announced The Cheshire Garden will be exhibiting a show garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019, following on from our award-winning design of 2017. The design for this year’s show has been developed as a celebration for the 25th anniversary of inspirational local charity, Children Today. The garden will encapsulate their work in raising funds for specialist equipment which assists children and young people with disabilities to engage with the outdoors. The Cheshire Garden is now pleased to reveal the details of the design.
The submission developed by The Cheshire Garden is in the ‘Back to Back’ category which are small gardens modelled on those associated with the terraced houses prevalent across the North West of England. This provides an opportunity to showcase the way in which high quality garden design can deliver a beautiful outdoor space even within a small plot. The title of the garden is “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!’ in reference to the logo of Children Today, and of course the much-loved track from Mary Poppins.
The design is conceptual and intended to embody the vital work of Children Today and the significant impact this has on those that it supports. At the entrance to the garden, steps will be flanked by two large gabions filled with rubble and old paving and set into gravel, representing the obstacles that children and young people with disabilities face in engaging with the outdoors. A second set of smaller gabions will be filled with mechanical equipment and outdoor play items to signify new possibilities, and a third set will be filled with plants to symbolise hope and freedom. Incorporated into the natural stone paving of the central area of the garden is the kite motif of the charity, while revealed from above is the outline of a child enjoying the use of specialist equipment.
The planting will include a specimen tree carefully positioned to create a focal point drawing the eye through the garden. The charity’s brand colours of yellow and blue will be strongly represented throughout the colourful planting scheme which combines grasses, perennials and shrubs. Some of the plants selected are also intended to be symbolic of characteristics and emotions associated with the journey taken by beneficiaries of Children Today:
- Borago officinalis representing Courage
- Leucanthemum representing Patience
- Foeniclum vulgare representing Strength
- Campanula representing Gratitude
- Delphinium representing Joy
The garden will be built by long-time collaborators Base Squared Ltd. The Cheshire Garden is also grateful to Marshalls plc for the contribution of paving and inlays, Murray Environmental for the gabions central to the design, Simon O’Rourke Tree Carving for wooden stools and etching, Dalefoot Composts and All Turf Ltd for compost and grasses, and Alford Apparel for hi-vis clothing.
The financial support donated by Iceland Foods plc and Penny Hearn of Planting with Penny has also been vital in progressing the project to date. However, The Cheshire Garden would welcome further donations towards the cost of delivering the show garden including sponsorship of individual items such as pavers or one of the estimated 750 plants.
Donations may be made via the following crowdfunding page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thecheshiregardenforchildrentoday
The Cheshire Garden looks forward to welcoming visitors to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park which will be held from 17th to 21st July 2019. Tickets are available through the RHS website