'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.

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This was an L-shaped garden for a client with a young family.  Their main requirements were straightforward as they wanted a large patio space for the family BBQ, increased interest with views from the house into their back garden, and a large space for their primary school aged daughter to play in.  By their own admission they werent gardeners, so the planting and the layout had to be easy to maintain without compromising on the overall look. 

The main lines of the garden came from the small conservatory style door into the garden from their open plan dining area.  this was set at 45 degrees off the house.  This lead into what I would term as a garden entrance hall.  This small area of black limestone paving lead off in three directions.  One path leads towards the patio area at the patio doors leading from the living room, the second towards the garage door and the third onto the large open patio in the middle of the garden.  This patio area was pushed into the garden in order to take advantage of the midday and evening sunshine. 

 




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The main entrance into the garden from the open plan dining area. The black limestone paving acts as a landing platform from which a choice of three paths lead.


Looking across the garden and showing the lawn wrapping up behind the garage. The concrete brick paving contrasts very nicely with the black limestone.


The circular path finished with slate mulch and the large open circular lawn area which wraps around the large patio to the right.


The very beautiful stainless steel water feature acts as a sculptural feature from inside the house and within the garden when it is running or not. Lighting adds to the effect in the evening.


From the patio the lawn sweeps up and around the mounded planting areas and drifts off out of sight.


The view back down the garden towards the house showing how the plating softens the buildings. The planting also helps to disguise the path leading from the white doors towards the garage.


The sculpted lawn leads up to a mound of planting and taking centre stage is this gorgeous Gunnera. This is a great architectural plant with the most amazing foliage.


Looking back towards the patio area along the slate path. The wildlife pond is just to the left of this picture.


Bamboo (phylostachyus aurea) has been planted on the corer of the garage. By doing this it has the effect of softening the whole building. Putting planting against a house and bringing the path further into the garden makes for a much more relaxed feel.


beside the back at the back of the garage, a small pond has been built to attract wildlife to the garden. Before the rest of the garden was even finished the fish were purchased and introduced to their new home by the clents young daughter. .


The childrens play area with its purpose built climbing frame, swign, monkey bars and lots more besides. In this area there is also provision for herb and vegetable gorwing by child or adult.


The play area not only has the large purpose built play equipment including swings, slide, monkey bars, rope ladder and much more besides, it has space for their child to grow their own herbs fruit and vegetables or anything else that they fancy. The who