To mark the 150th anniversary of charity Family Action and the 100th anniversary of green service provider idverde, the two organisations are creating a thought-provoking garden for families at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The garden is designed to get people talking about the everyday pressures all families face but can find difficult to talk about, as part of a new national conversation about family life today.
The Garden won a Gold Medal and the Award for Best Artisan Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Birch and Hazel coppice, creating partial enclosure, shelter and refuge bound the garden offering filter views in and out. These represent the younger generation and pioneers at the start of their lives.
A large gnarly pine (Pinus nigra) tree baring the history of an individual in a family, showing scars of life, represents symbolically the older generation within a family unit. Shrubs provide structure and obscure views into the garden.
Planting underlying the coppice is predominantly green with flushes of colour and diversity, using native and non-native species to represent the diversity of our families.
The planting provides a variety of opportunities for shelter, food and nesting for wildlife. It is a mix of native and non-native species supporting biodiversity.
Plants used include Molinia, Acanthus, Digitalis, Polygonatum, Ammi, Gallium, Myrrhis and Nectaroscordum. The five main plants are:
- Pinus nigra
- Betula nigra
- Hydrangea quercifolia
- Iris siberica ‘White Swirl’
- Nectaroscordum siculum