‘Out of the Blue’, a joint collaboration between award-winning landscape artist Alan Gardner and turf specialist Lindum, has won a bronze medal at the RHS Chelsea 2012.
The garden is part of the brand new ‘Fresh Gardens’ category at Chelsea which encourages innovative design and use of materials.
A semi-intensive roof garden displayed on the ground, ‘Out of the Blue’ comprises three mounds of different drought-tolerant planting set against a decked area with occasional seating. Biodiversity and sustainability are key drivers in the garden’s design. A striking ‘zig zag’ structure created from bright blue polypropylene string bisects the mounds, creating shadows, alternative perspectives and shade.
Stephen Fell, Managing Director, Lindum, told The Landscaper, “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have won a bronze medal for ‘Out of the Blue’, our first joint collaboration with a leading landscape designer at RHS Chelsea. Our range of turf products, and particularly our wildflower turf, has proved a hit both with this garden and with the other three award-winning gardens that we supplied to.”
Landscape artist Alan Gardner said, “I was very excited this morning to discover that we’d won a medal for our garden, which has been a real labour of love. I feel massively relieved – and exhausted – now that the garden is finished and the medals have been awarded, and I’m now looking forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors who come to our garden this week.”
In addition to ‘Out of the Blue’, Lindum supplied a range of turf to other award-winning gardens at Chelsea 2012:
• Tracy Foster’s ‘The Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden’, sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, won a gold medal (Artisan Gardens category)
• Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency’s ‘RBC Blue Water Garden’ won a silver gilt (Show Garden)
• Vicky Harris’ ‘Naturally Dry’ garden, inspired by William Wordsworth, won a silver medal (Artisan Gardens category).