Chelsea
Flower Show

I am proud to have been part of the Chelsea Flower Show at various points throughout my career as a garden designer.

 

The show is held every year in May by the Royal Horticulture Society. 2018 Marks my third consecutive year at the show collaborating with sculptor David Harber.

NEW FOR 2018

For the first time ever, David Harber with global real estate services provider Savillsare to sponsor a Show Garden for the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Designed by We Love Plants founder Nic Howard it is an unfolding drama of mankind’s interaction with the environment over time. This is garden theatre – a garden designed to showcase how bespoke sculpture and planting can tell a story and promote reflection.

The Show Garden will be constructed by Nik Edser of Langdale Landscapes. This is the third time David Harber has worked with Nic and Nik at Chelsea. After winning awards for Best Trade Stand in Show in 2016 and the Director General’s Trade Stand Award in 2017, the time seemed right to take this winning collaboration on to the ultimate challenge of creating a Chelsea Show Garden.

The concept: the planting and art starts freeform and naturalistic but as mankind evolves, become formal and controlled. Hidden at the last stage is a flaw representing our negative impact on the environment.

A pivotal view: a metaphorical wormhole through time frames the pivotal Aeon sculpture symbolising a vital forcethat keeps the planet in equilibrium.

This exciting collaboration enables the team to push creativity and create a thought-provoking narrative through unique, one-off pieces from David and expert planting and design from Nic Howard.

2017 WINNERS

DIRECTOR GENERAL'S AWARD & TRADESTAND AWARD

The David Harber 2017 Chelsea flower show garden is a contemporary English Garden I designed to create a backdrop to David Harbers fabulous sculptures.

The horizontal planes of the garden are dark, moody and tactile with charred composite deck, dark grey porcelain and characterful English clay pavers. In contrast the vertical elements of the garden are fresh white, with a stunning contemporary garden shelter amongst multi stem silver birch trees.

The planting is soft and textured with a beautiful combination of fresh foliage colours and glistening white flowers giving a truly immersive garden experience.

2017 GARDEN PLANTS INCLUDED:

  • Aconitum ‘Ivorine’
  • Actea simplex ‘White Pearl’
  • Alchemilla erythropoda
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Aquilegia ‘Green Apples’
  • Aster diverticus
  • Astilbe x aremdsii ‘Weisse Gloria’
  • Astrantia ‘Star of Billions’
  • Bergenia ‘Ice Queen’
  • Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’
  • Melittus alba
  • Carex siderosticha
  • Digitalis alba
  • Dryopteris affinis cristata ‘The King’
  • Epimedium niveum
  • Geranium anguineum ‘Album’
  • Gypsophila muralis ‘Gypsy White’
  • Hakonochloa macra
  • Hosta ‘Francis Williams’
  • Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
  • Lychnis ‘White Robin’
  • Onoclea sensibilis
  • Paeonia ‘Miss America’
  • Polygonatum multiflorum
  • Salvia ‘White Sensation’
  • Sesleria autumnalis
  • Sesleria caerulea
  • Stachys lantana
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Tellima grandiflora
  • Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW

2016 WINNERS

BEST TRADESTAND AWARD

Our very beautiful stand garden achieved a Best in Show Trade Stand award at the Flower Show this year. Collaborating with David Harber my design evokes the atmosphere of a traditional English country garden.

MOMENTS FROM THE SHOW

An oak framed pavilion anchors the garden whilst helping to subtly separate the space into smaller areas that showcase the beautiful sculptures within a traditional setting.

The planting at the front of the Oak Pavilion will be selected for the sunny location — a mix of perennials and grasses to create a contemporary English garden. The rear corner of the garden is where the two main vistas meet under a stand of four Quercus Ilex.

The planting towards the back of the garden will have a woodland atmosphere with a tapestry of different foliage: Ferns, Epimediums, Hakonochloa and Dicentra punctuated with spires of Digitalis alba.

The garden has also been designed with environmental sustainability in mind; the main paved surfaces will be a beautiful silver grey textured porcelain combined with English Clay pavers. The deck under the Oak pavilion will be engineered wood in a very realistic silver grey.