‘THE LOW LINE’ SHOW GARDEN
In July 2015 we were approached by SAige Longlife Decking Ltd. To discuss whether we were interested in jointly constructing a Show Garden that showcased their composite decking together with our own Landscape Design and Construction skills.
Having both attended local shows independently over the last couple of years it seemed a natural progression and economic sense to undertake such a project. It was decided we would like to exhibit at the following shows. RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Blenheim Flower Show and Stratford Home & Garden Show. Having submitted our design to the RHS Malvern Spring Flower Show panel, we waited tentatively to hear if we had been successful and early in January we received the fantastic news. We were accepted to exhibit a Show Garden.
Work started on the basic premise for the Malvern show garden 2016 towards the end of last year. We started by thinking of engaging ideas, themes and a basic brief and worked forwards from that point.
The brief that we set for ourselves was relatively simple. After completing a number of ‘classic’ designs over the last year we decided we wanted to produce something slightly more contemporary. Being inspired by Piet Oudolf’s masterful work on ‘The High Line’ in Manhattan we took the ethos of re-imagining older urban spaces with modern contemporary design features.
The first rough ideas were sketched out and the garden quickly began to take shape, although the final design was a far cry from the initial sketches, the ethos remains the same.
With the first draft complete we set about altering the design to what was ultimately achievable for the time scale and budget, With the addition of taking this show garden to three garden shows across the summer, we needed to make additional changes.
The second draft allowed for these changes whilst still maintaining the integrity of the design.
The second iteration of the design brings further inspiration from the ‘High Line’. We incorporated a freestanding water wall, this bespoke piece was designed in conjunction with H20 Designs and will be the main focal point for the garden. After deciding on a planting scheme, which emphasis movement with drifts of grasses punctuated with splashes of vibrant colour we set about putting the final touches to the arrangement of the hard landscaping to suit the restrictions of the allotted space at the show ground.
And thus the final design was reached, we moved the paved area to accommodate a contemporary seating solution, Finalized the colour of the decking and added a fiberglass wall that would bring a sense of enclosure to the space.
MALVERN PLANT LIST
Deschampsia caepitosa ‘Goldveil’
Polystichum setiferum Heerenhausen
Betula utilis jac. ‘Snow Queen’
With thanks to all our suppliers who have made this possibleBABYLON PLANTS