'Mind Trap' RHS Chelsea 2017 wins GOLD

MIND TRAP Fresh Garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, Site FR82 This garden is a physical manifestation of my personal experience of suffering from and living with depression. It's purpose is to help those that suffer in similar ways to be assured that they are not alone in their own personal struggles. It also endeavours to explain to others that have no personal experience of suffering what it may feel like, by way of a physical tangible living garden with the use of symbolism and creating an atmosphere. https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens/2017/mind-trap A huge thank you to everyone involved. Without you, the garden would have remained an idea on paper.

Garden Show Ireland 2005

This show garden for Garden Show Ireland 2005 was a small plot of 12m x 8m and was called 'Garden Elements'.  The idea behind the garden was to show case how much can be put into a smaller garden plot without it feeling cramped or cluttered.  Within the garden are lawn, patio, paths, hot tub, large areas of planting as well as a reasonable sized pool.  People were able to take away elements of the garden and incorporate them into their own garden. 

The judges and public alike were taken aback by the way that the space available was designed to give maximum use of the small area. 




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The view from the lawn side of the garden. the mounded lawn with path cut through it demonstrates that not all lawns are boring.


A circular paved area with a fire bowl is tucked in beside the wooden wall.


Lawns don't need to be flat and boring. This lawn became more of a sculptural element with the path flowing through the middle of it.


The pond side of the garden with the backdrop of the wooden wall. Water pours from the wall and into the pool and is best viewed from the hot tub.


The water pours out gently from the wooden wall creating a relaxing atmosphere.


The hot tub is nestled within the chunky wooden timber decked area. Birch logs were sliced and used as stepping stones along the barked path.


The leaf colours of the Acer and ferns were contrasted beautifully with the wooden wall and pond.


The metal walkway is underplanted with Hosta and provides a contrast to the wooden wall and chunky decking.


Purple wall, the hot tub and the natural colour of the timber in the dividing wall sitting very well together.


The judges in the middle of the judging process. THe garden was awarded a Silver medal.