Garden to celebrate world travel

In 1962, Anthony Wainwright, grandfather to the current chairman of Boodles, travelled around the world in just 16 days, an event that will be celebrated at the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a garden sponsored by the company.

The Boodles Travel Garden‘ is a garden to celebrate this incredible endeavour with planting drawn from across the world to create a global garden offering a calm sanctuary to rest and reflect on the journey.

Designed by Tom Hoblyn, the garden includes planting from East Asia, India, China and features a winding water feature flowing, like a river, through the garden to symbolise the journey. Cyathea cooperi (a native of India) will feature alongside Cornus controversa (from East Asia) and Acer Pensylvanicum from the USA with its striped white bark.

Below the structural planting there will be a woodland stumpery-style underplanting with a trail of blue and burnt orange indicating a journey and creating movement in the planting.

To create a sense of discovery there will be mounded beds partially obscuring views across the design.

Tom (pictured left) is no stranger to RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is an established designer at both RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court Palace. He has won three Gold and five Silver-gilt medals as well as two Silver at RHS Shows. He has also won the coveted People’s Choice Award for his Arthritis UK sponsored garden and a nomination for The People’s Choice of the Decade Award in 2020.

His last garden at RHS Chelsea was in autumn 2021 when he designed The Boodles Secret Garden, a contemporary interpretation of the journey into an enchanted, life changing sanctuary secret garden inspired by the well-loved children’s story by Frances Hodgson-Burnett.

His current projects include the rewilding of a stretch of riverbank in Suffolk and designing a partially submerged garden in Norfolk on The Broads. Tom works closely with a number of charities to achieve thoughtful healing gardens and we feel sure that his 2022 Chelsea garden will bring a sense of calm and sanctuary with the added excitement of world travel.

Picture credit: Garden image ©Tom Hoblyn

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