‘Captured landscape’ for Telegraph Garden
The Telegraph garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be designed by Andy Sturgeon and will depict a ‘captured landscape’, inspired by the magnitude of geological events that shape our landscape.
The design will focus on a gently gardened place within a larger, wilder setting where dramatic bronze fins represent an ancient mountain range with a stream of melt water running in the rock-strewn gorge below.
The garden plays on the perspective of time and scale and reminds us of our own relatively fleeting moment on earth.
Plants have been selected from 32 different countries to create a unique planting scheme that is future-proofed against climate change. Foliage colours are predominantly dusty greens and grey-green; flower forms include tall spikes, umbels and daisies in white, orange, yellow rust and purple. Many of the plants are unusual and have not been seen before at Chelsea.
Striking architectural and sculptural forms
Andy is a designer noted for his modern landscapes with striking architectural and sculptural forms always married to a rich palette of innovative planting. He has won Best in Show at Chelsea and six RHS Gold Medals. He lectures around the world and is author of several books. He is also well known on television having presented gardening programmes for all the major terrestrial channels.
Speaking about his 2016 Chelsea garden, Andy comments that he is really excited to be working with the Telegraph again: “It’s an amazing opportunity to do something truly unique at Chelsea,” he says. “This year’s design is inspired by our natural environment and I’ve got really bold sculptural pieces rubbing shoulders with an unusual planting palette. I can’t wait to see it come to life.”
Joanna Fortnam, Gardening Editor, The Daily Telegraph said: “Andy Sturgeon is a consistently original designer who creates thought-provoking gardens full of surprises and beauty. I’m expecting the Telegraph Garden 2016 to be an adventure.”
The Telegraph Garden is always one of the Chelsea Flower Show highlights and in the 101 years of the Show’s history, the Daily Telegraph is the only exhibitor to have been awarded the top prize of ‘Best Show Garden’ by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges, three years consecutively (2009, 2010, 2011).
Andy has always been a Chelsea favourite and it will be good to see him back in 2016 with his ‘captured landscape.’