Chelsea Flower Show 2016

This is the fifth consecutive year we have sponsored a Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We are delighted to announce that designer for 2016 is nurserywoman Rosy Hardy, already a recipient of an astonishing 20 RHS Chelsea Gold medals for pavilion displays.

Rosy Hardy confirmed the announcement, saying, “Upon winning my 20th Chelsea gold medal last May I was wondering what opportunity might arise to challenge me and hey presto… the perfect sponsor in Brewin Dolphin came forward and embraced my design. We want this garden to challenge, engage and encourage visitors to recognise the fragility and unique nature of our English chalk streams.”

A garden that showcases a rare and vital natural resource

Rosy invites visitors to consider the fragility of chalk streams, a rare and vital natural resource for her show garden debut. There are around 200 chalk streams in the world, under threat from pollution and climate change; 160 of these are in England – one of the best examples is the River Test which flows through Freefolk Hampshire, neighboring Hardy’s Cottage nursery.

“The Brewin Dolphin garden will allow everyone to explore and experience the fragility and unique nature of these streams by walking through a dried up chalk stream bed, past lush planting onwards towards the source,” says Rosy. “The garden references the changing context and form of the landscape, the sense of loss for the stream is balanced in part by the potential for renewal and the chance to turn back and contemplate the garden. It is also an opportunity to remind us of what water offers given that chalk aquifers supply 70 percent of Southern England’s water.”

Inspiration we are proud to endorse

The garden will showcase more than one brand new plant introduction and some breathtakingly beautiful features. Several planting zones are represented including; lush, shady, dry and a grassland area. All trees, plants and hedging are representative of those grown in this part of Southern England. The garden is designed to be a sensual, accessible and thought provoking educational experience.

Rupert Tyler at Brewin Dolphin, said, “In keeping with our years at Chelsea RHS we are proud to be associated with Rosy, another inspiring and challenging designer. That Rosy Hardy is, for the first time, designing a Show garden, is testament to our mutual commitment to welcome, inspire and engage all our visitors.”

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