Silent Pool Gin Garden features at RHS Chelsea

A garden intended for a professional couple who live in the city and require space to escape to and unwind is the theme behind ‘The Silent Pool Gin Garden‘ designed by David Neale at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden, sponsored by Silent Pool Distillers, mixes sleek landscaping with drifts of soft planting, providing a contemporary yet relaxing city haven.

Taking its inspiration from the Silent Pool Distillery, located in the beautiful rural landscape of the Surrey Hills, the garden features materials influenced by the distiller’s careful selection and where possible, locally sourced ingredients. A raised, infinity-edged water feature will reflect the spring-fed Silent Pool, a source of water for the gin.

David (pictured left) uses Textural Portland stone, Purbeck walling and weathered oak in the design, with the intricate gin making process represented through the laser cut copper panels, polished copper distillation helmets and a central ‘citrus peel’ sculpture.

Native multi-stemmed trees create a canopy that provides a layer of privacy and the planting on the design will feature tones of predominantly blues, whites, greens and hints of copper, subtly blended to create a calming ambience. Five of Silent Pool Gin’s botanicals will be woven into the planting design.

David’s inspiration comes from his experience of holidaying in Dorset and seeing the wealth of natural stone used within the county, as well as walks at nature reserves over timber boardwalks. From this has emerged his desire to use predominantly UK sourced materials and native trees. The ‘Silent Pool Gin Garden’ is a Space to Grow Garden.

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