rhs chelsea flower show 2008
cancer research, uk
award: gold medal
photography: helen fickling
This was the last of 3 consecutive gardens I made for the charity and I chose to focus on the progress which they make in the fight against cancer. There are four large pools which start small at the rear of the garden and advance forwards getting progressively larger. Within the pools concentric ripples like raindrops landing on the surface, dance in a random pattern, backwards and forwards but moving progressively forwards.
The theme of the garden is that of a contemporary woodland and the planting relies on leaf shape, colour and texture and is predominantly green. A few silver grey leaved Astelias compliment the grey Portuguese limestone paving and the sculptural wall at the rear. I dubbed this the ‘thought wall’ to represent the research being done by scientists. Made from soda blasted aluminium it has a soft finish so it appears to float through the planting.