This conceptual garden is inspired by the story of Seedlip, its 17th-century apothecary origins and modern-day pioneering approach to distillation. Set in symbolic oak housing with copper detailing, ‘old meets new’ laboratory-style benches showcase these respective eras. A central abstract copper sculpture depicts the 350-year-old journey from book to bottle that inspired Seedlip’s founder to develop the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits in his kitchen in the woods. Copper pipework and channels carry water through the garden, in tribute to their importance in the process of distillation. The garden’s planting palette is influenced by Seedlip’s botanicals and species relevant to both modern and ancient herbal medicine.

Illustration by Helen Thomas. Photos taken by Derek St Romaine.

Type: Show Garden
Location: 9, RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Designer: Catherine MacDonald
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