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Space to Grow - Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Space to Grow   Chelsea Flower Show 2018
I was delighted to be asked to create a visitor zone garden for the RHS at this year's Chelsea Flower show. The garden showcased the new show garden category 'Space to Grow' and provides information and ideas for visitors to take home - no matter how small your outdoor space may be.
Plant list and supplier / contributor information is all listed below.

The garden showed some simple planting combinations for sunny and shady conditions, both in the ground and in containers. I designed some bench seats for the space which are natural and simple and separate into 3 seats or 2 seats and a table for versatility. Contemporary terracotta bird feeders are  hung in the trees to bring wildlife into the space and tone with the corten steel.

The garden provided a place to sit and relax during the show while soaking up ideas.

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While designing some gardens recently for the care environment and dementia care, my main considerations are:

-Tailoring outdoor space to provide welcoming, safe, engaging green space
- Creating the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air in natural, pleasing and useable surroundings
- Providing distraction and intrigue through sensory planting, features and surfaces
- Creating a journey through an outside space with places to rest and pause along the way

It is my firm belief that we can all …