The Blue Water Garden 2012
2012 saw us build one of the most complex and technical builds Landform has ever created for RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Blue Water Garden, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, was awarded a Silver Gilt medal. Designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency, the second of three award winning gardens for RBC, the garden showcased a sustainable garden with a formal design.
The concept behind The Blue Water Garden shows how rain-garden and water conservation concepts can be used in formal settings. Most ‘sustainable’ gardens, take a naturalistic and organic form, but this garden was geometric in structure and showed how even the most formal of gardens can be environmentally-beneficial.
Using a full range of water conservation features, including bio-swales which collect rainwater run-off, the garden was planted in a dramatic, colourful and naturalistic way typical of Nigel Dunnet’s style.
The structure for the iconic “Trulli” style building was an incredible achievement for Landform. The dry-stone roof was put together by hand on site on top of a steel frame. We’ve included some of the build photos here to give an idea of the workmanship that goes into a project like this. Nigel Dunnett is seen here planting on the garden and Mark Gregory is cleaning the water feature, ready for judging.
Photos by Steven Wooster.