A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons

Hamptons are sponsoring a garden in the Sanctuary category at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, (24th to 28th May 2022) reflecting the desire to incorporate the garden as an extension of an outside room.

Designed by Tony Woods, ‘A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons‘ will feature a work/leisure space where one can find a place and a space to relax and unwind in a tranquil sensory garden setting.

Under a canopy of pine and birch trees the sound of water gently trickles through the garden helping to immerse us in the power of nature. The combination of the garden design and carbon neutral structure creates the feeling of a connection with nature, facilitating concentration while working from home.

The garden has a blend of plants chosen to incorporate old-fashioned scented favourites into a modern garden brief. Angelica archangelica, Cornus canadensis, astrantia major ‘Shaggy’ and Papaver somniferum ‘Dark Plum’ will feature as well as Phlox divaricate ‘Clouds of Perfume’ and Phlox divaricate ‘May Breeze’. Aquatics and marginals include Geum rivale; Iris Louisiana ‘Her Highness’ and Orontium aquaticum.

Feature trees include Syringa vulgaris, Betula nigra and Pinus sylvestris as well as Cornus kousa.

Tony (pictured left) was awarded the accolade of RHS Young Designer of the Year award in 2013 and went on to win a Chelsea Gold Medal and best ‘space to grow garden’ at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his ‘Urban Flow’ garden. He scooped another Gold at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2019 for the Thames Water Garden.

He actively works with numerous charities and associations to promote horticulture as a career. He is co-author of the RHS ‘Big Ideas, Small Spaces’ book published by Octopus providing inspiration for small urban gardens.

Tony is lead designer and managing director of landscape design and build practice ‘Garden Club London’ based in Vauxhall, employing 30 designers, horticulturists and landscapers. Chelsea will be extra special this year as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary during the show. The most recent industry accolade includes the Society of Garden Designers 2021 ‘Small Residential Landscape Design’ of the year and British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) principal award winner for Design, build and business practices.

Credits: Garden image ©Tony Woods; image of Tony credit Jason Ingram.