Out of the Blue…….RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Award-winning landscape artist Alan Gardner and leading turf specialist Lindum are jointly collaborating on an inspirational new garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012.
The Alan Gardner Lindum Garden, ‘Out of the Blue’, is part of a brand new category at Chelsea, ‘Fresh Gardens’, 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 and alternative perspectives.
Alan Gardner says of his latest installation for Chelsea, “My designs are all about simplicity with a twist. ‘Out of the Blue’ creates a calm, Zen-like roof garden that is both perfect to relax in and is environmentally sound. The polypropylene string structure contrasts sharply with the natural form of the planting and creates shade. With 360?access to this garden, visitors will be able to view it from many different perspectives throughout the day.
“It has been fantastic to work with Stephen Fell and his team at Lindum to create a garden that is both aesthetically pleasing and works on a practical level as a drought-tolerant roof garden.”
Stephen Fell, Managing Director of Lindum says, “I was delighted when Alan approached us to work with him collaboratively on his new venture for Chelsea. Our expertise in growing specialist, environmentally-friendly turf and in green roof planting, combined with Alan’s exceptional artistic talent will, I hope, prove a winning combination.”

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