Chelsea Flower Show 2015 - The Retreat - Jo Thompson - Silver Gilt Award / by Kat Weatherill

Designer: Jo Thompson

Award: Silver Gilt

Sponsor: M&G

Award-winning designer, Jo Thompson, returns to RHS Chelsea with a Main Avenue garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsor M&G Investments. As a much loved and well used space, the M&G Retreat Garden has a beautifully crafted, sturdy double storey oak-framed building, a natural dipping pool and soft elegant planting. 

The garden also has two areas for sitting and resting; a curved wooden bench sunk into an area surrounded by flowers and a sleek stone bench at the water’s edge of the natural swimming pool. Two stone sculptures by artist Tom Stogdon will also add to the garden’s creative ambience. 

Planting/Colour Scheme 

A number of different trees, including Betula nigra, Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ and Robinia will surround a beautifully crafted sturdy two storey oak-framed building. Soft elegant planting with swathes of roses, irises and geraniums will sweep through the garden giving it a naturalistic feel providing the prefect space to relax, cool off and enjoy the outdoors 

Planting includes ornamental shrubs and perennials with some native specimens. Trees are primarily multi-stemmed Betula nigra. The pond regeneration zones uses a range of aquatic plants. A palette of green, pink, blue, white/cream, punctuated with deep wine colours and occasional splashes of pinkish-orange will feature in the garden. Key materials used will include Oak and Purbeck stone

Jo Thompson Design Chelsea 2015