Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chelsea 2015: The Artisan Gardens

Small, very small even compared to the main show gardens but they can still certainly pack a punch!

Size doesn't matter when it comes to creativity. In fact most gardeners (and garden designers) say that coming up for a design and plan for a small plot is much harder than a big one. But such is the challenge for those exhibiting under the Artisan Gardens category at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Here are this year's selection:

A Trugmaker's Garden by Future Climate Info - Gold



Breast Cancer Haven Garden - Gold
Edo no Niwa - Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory - Gold


The Sculptor's Picnic Garden by Walker's Nurseries - Gold


The Evaders Garden by Chorley Council - Silver Gilt


Brewers Yard by Welcome to Yorkshire - Silver


The Old Forge for Motor Neurone Disease Association - Silver


Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden - Bronze

The Sculptor's Picnic Garden and Edo no Niwa were our favourites and are likely to feature separately on a future post.

What about you, any favourites?

Mark :-)

21 comments :

  1. Overall, I find these too rustic for my taste but there's still loads of creativity on display. Favorite, if I had to pick one: the Evaders Garden by Chorley Council.

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    1. The sculpture of the hiding pilot was fascinating Gerhard, it looked like a hologram :)

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  2. No! Another creepy sculpture! (Although if I had to pick a favorite that garden would probably be it, minus Mr. Creeps.

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    1. The hologram effect of the sculpture was fascinating Loree, although you probably wouldn't like that surprising you when turning a corner in a garden :)

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  3. I like that bench? in the Breast Cancer Haven Garden. What is that man on The Evaders Garden made of? is weird.

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    1. You mean the "spider haven bench"? I like that bench/couch too, but seems like it would soon become scary. :)

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  4. I can't resist Ishihara Kazuyuki's gardens - so perfect from every angle and I rather like the sculptor's picnic garden.
    I know they are 'lovely' but I'm getting a bit tired of the - old artisan's workshop that is neglected and has weeds growing amongst the tools' gardens. Next year how about a 'retired couple's beloved bungalow garden neglected because of illness' garden? Or a 'previously well tended town centre public park neglected because of financial cuts' garden?

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    1. They're not bad ideas at all Celia, I think you're on to something :))

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  5. I like the Brewer's Yard because of the bold copper-colored elements I think. These gardens are much more relaxing than the more formal ones.

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    1. There's a more relaxing element to them because of their intimate size Alan, and also where they are located with a backdrop of mature trees :)

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  6. Todos com certeza tem seu charme, adorei todos.
    Abra├žo.

    http://eueminhasplantinhas.blogspot.com.br/

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  7. Thank you for bringing all of these to us, I can't decide on a favorite just yet, I'll have to revisit ALL of your posts and then decide. In the mean time, THANK YOU for all the fabulous photos!!

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  8. Interesting treatments of small spaces, like you stumbled into a long lost village. The bench was very interesting.

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    1. Indeed! And all of them have gone for more naturalistic planting too.

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  9. Thanks so much for the photos, my "visits" to Chelsea have to be vicarious for now!

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    1. I'm sure you'll have a real one soon, and we'll be happy to show you around :)

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  10. My favorites are the same as yours. I love natural stone, wood, foliage, and woody plants. The others look too cottage garden-esque for me. I had to look up what a trug was. :)

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  11. You captured them so well, except for the Cancer Haven one with the ill-at-ease models. The Forge might be my favorite because of childhood days in a blacksmith shop on the farm. Ours wasn't landscaped, it just had wild honeysuckle. I look forward to more pictures of your favorites.

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  12. I liked the Sculptor's Picnic Garden a lot. I looked up the background on the Evader's Garden and can appreciate the sculpture in that context but, like Loree, I found it a bit creepy.

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  13. Very different, but both Edo no Niwa and the Evaders Garden appeal greatly to me. I think the Evaders Garden is fascinating rather than creepy.Thanks for highlighting these lovely gardens.

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