The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the ultimate event in the gardening calendar – it’s the place to see and the place to be seen at, so it was the natural choice to launch the National Trust Garden Collection and preview 2 of our Landscape Collection ranges.
The stand was created by garden designer Louise Harries, a graduate of the London College of Garden Design. Louise is the winner of the National Trust’s Chelsea Design competition.
The garden was designed to reflect the National Trust’s key philosophy; to preserve places and spaces that can be enjoyed ‘forever, for everyone’. Louise designed a welcoming and interactive garden space, encouraging visitors to experiment with and imagine the products of the National Trust Garden Collection in their own gardens. Paths in Petworth flagstones lead into and around the stand revealing new perspectives and inviting visitors to touch and test out the products themselves. Hidcote flagstones paved the greenhouse floor, complementing the stunning display of hot house plants from Hidcote Manor. Louise’s design used fruit trees and colourful perennial planting to show how familiar and traditional plants can be used in a contemporary way. Plants had been grown at the National Trust nurseries and fruit trees illustrated how even the smallest garden can incorporate a productive ‘orchard’.
The Stand was given a Highly Commended award by the RHS judging panel. Well done to Louise and all of the Garden Collection members!