APL at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is 100 years old in 2013, and members of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) will be taking part in the historic celebrations by showcasing the best examples of horticultural excellence, design and landscaping at the landmark event which takes place from May 21 – 25 2013.
Amongst those members taking part are Landform Consultants, who are building Homebase’s “Sowing the Seeds of Change” garden. Designed by Adam Frost, the idea is a modern family garden to provide a small family with a space to enjoy an everyday connection with their food and nature. The garden aims to provide an environment to help a younger generation understand the natural world.
Landform is also playing a part in the build of the Royal Bank of Canada’s “Blue Water Roof Garden” which is designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett & the Landscape Agency. The concept is an urban rooftop garden that integrates recreational space with innovative biodiversity and habitat features. The garden explores the potential of ‘sky rise greening’ to bring trees, meadows and wetlands into the heart of the densest of cities.
The Garden Builders will be joining forces with Wheelbarrow to build “The SeeAbility Garden”. Designed by Darren Hawkes, the garden’s main theme is sight loss. The design of the garden demonstrates and celebrates that life can be enriched by maximising limited vision and engaging our other senses.
Morgan and Neal Garden Construction are building Stockton Drilling’s “As Nature Intended” garden. Designed by Jamie Dunstan, the garden features an organic structure made from woven willow and yew hedging to form the central feature of this garden, framing a stone sculpture beyond. Leading to and from the building is a stone path surrounded by barley. Woven willow sculptures within the barley reflect the angular shape of the stone sculpture.
The Outdoor Room will be building the ground breaking “Stop the Spread” garden, sponsored by FERA and supported by the Horticultural Trades Association. Designed by Jo Thompson Landscape and Garden Design, the garden has been created to show the impact that pests, diseases and invasive non-native species can have on our gardens, woodlands and countryside. It aims to inspire the public to help protect our natural heritage – working together we can “Stop the Spread”.
The garden has been created in partnership with Defra, Forestry Commission, National Trust, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, Woodland Trust and Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation.
APL Chairman, Mark Gregory said: “Once again, this highlights the professional and high quality of APL members who are being commissioned to build gardens for such a prestigious event. It is great to have APL’s work promoted on a national level in such a landmark year for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”
Watch this space for a for the first full report and pictures on RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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