Wedgwood to return to RHS Chelsea

Sponsor Wedgwood will be returning to the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with another show garden designed by award-winning designer Jo Thompson.

The garden will celebrate Wedgwood’s 260 year history and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of their founder, Josiah Wedgwood, and will be inspired by the very same collection of classical references and images that first stimulated Josiah Wedgwood when he was planning Etruria, the Staffordshire village that he created for his workers.

One of the highlights of Jo’s garden will be the use of water within the space – it will travel on multiple levels throughout the garden, echoing the canals and watercourses of the past that were fundamental to the functionality of Wedgwood’s production and industry.

The planting palette promises burnished copper in tone with apricot highlights and will be both dynamic and soft, with mass plantings of Ferula communis and Valeriana pyrenaica. Jo is a master at the art of using roses in her designs and so we can expect some amazing varieties. She will also use specimen trees such as Taxodium distichum and the mighty Metasequoia glyptostroboides for texture and structure.

The 2018 Wedgwood Chelsea garden was a huge success – awarded Gold – and Jo (pictured left)is thrilled to have been asked to return for the sponsor to create another garden: “This year’s experience was fantastic and we’ll be working with the same team, on the same plot, so it’ll be like returning home. Chelsea Flower Show is irresistible and we’ve developed such a fantastic relationship with the Wedgwood team that we are thoroughly enjoying the journey once more.”

Jo has been the recipient of nine medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including four Gold and her exquisite planting has led her to be considered one of the UK’s leading plantswomen.

This will be one garden to look out for and I will be especially interested to discover Jo’s choice of roses for this latest design. Best wishes to all the team.

Picture credits: All pictures ©Wedgwood/Jo Thompson credit Rachel Warne

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