'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.

RHS Tatton Park 2014

RHS Gold Medal Winner 2014

The 'Elemental' show garden for RHS Tatton Park 2014. This garden has been selected as one of five gardens in the Elements section of the Flower Show. The Elements Category gardens are designed around the concept of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. 

Although in the Elements Category, which is a concept garden section, the garden is to feel very much as if it could be a real space to be enjoyed, not one just to be admired.

This garden takes the symbols for those elements and abstracts them to form the outline of the spaces. Each element is represented directly or symbolised within the space. 

A compost that helps to absorb CO2 will be the main planting medium for this garden. Both the soil and this really ingenious environmentally friendly compost will represent the earth Element. 

A triangular sail shade and the planting will move in the breeze. The planting itself will consist mainly of light foliage and grasses and will continue the colour theme of the element symbols. 

The material selection for the main patio area and one of the paths is to be flamed textured granite; a stone formed with heat and pressure. Charred larch boards will form the back wall of the garden and help to set off the taller specimens including bamboo which wrap around the back of the patio.


The pool is in a triangular shape and the shape of the lawn is overlaid on that the form the symbol of balance. The pool will be still and reflective. 

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Over view of the garden looking across the reflective pool. The grasses providng texture as they gently wave in the wind.

Basalt path leading to the covered seating area.

The gorgeous Agapanthus poking out behind the metal water element symbol.

View looking back down the garden from the charred fence at the top showing the wooden path and still reflective water.

The sail shade reflecting in the still pool.

The purpose built gabion bench sitting beside the basalt paving with the unique triangular fire pit. The basalt cobbles and paving as well as the charred fencing and the fire pit are all of the fire elements.

The large triangular area in the middle of the garden will be a reflective, black, still pool.

The garden will be 12mx7m in size

Sectional elevation of the garden through the still black pond.

Plant list for Elemental Show Garden

RHS Gold Medal Designed by Ian Price and built by Concept Landscapes. A great team of landscapers.