Chelsea Flower Show 2015 - Urban Retreat - Adam Frost - Gold Award / by Kat Weatherill

Designer: Adam Frost

Sponsor: Homebase

Award: Gold

Adam Frost returns to RHS Chelsea following a Gold medal win for Homebase with his design for Time to Reflect in 2014. Taking inspiration from the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer, the garden also represents the balance of nature and the manmade environment. As a place for a small inner-city community to come together the garden includes a lawn, water features and an arbour for people to enjoy the night sky. The three main materials are Portland cement concrete, corten steel and cedar, which reflect the imagined urban landscape. The planting is mainly ornamental and wildlife-friendly. 

Homebase launched a ground-breaking Garden Academy Scheme in September 2013 to help raise the profile of a career in gardening and to inspire young people to get into gardening. A number of the young apprentices will worked with Adam on his 2015 RHS Chelsea garden. 

Planting/Colour Scheme 

The garden will include a rich and earthy colour palette, moving from deep crimson to burnt orange to reflect the orange-brown patina of corten steel, whilst the lush green foliage of the ferns and hedging will stand out against the imposing concrete framework. There will be an accent of pale blue throughout the scheme.  

The planting palette has been designed with wildlife in mind using simple plants that allow insects to flourish including irises, geraniums, Deschampsia and Digitalis, which will sit alongside Taxus domes that provide nesting space for insects and birds and Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura) trees which act as a source of food for the resident bees. Grasses and wildflowers will bring a softness to the urban setting while two impressive tree ferns positioned behind the corten steel and cedar-clad building will add a structural element to the palette. 

The roof of the pavilion, sited at the rear of the garden, will be covered with a new mix of wildflower turf seen for the first time at RHS Chelsea. The roof will provide another haven for wildlife. Six imposing Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura) trees will punctuate the garden.

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