RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2021
This year’s Show Garden is a celebration of the NHS and the relentless work to provide care and support during the COVID pandemic. Not just nurses and doctors, but physios, pharmacists, porters, technicians, and other unseen and unsung staff who keep the health service running. It recognises the collaboration between UK University researchers and NHS staff to find new treatments and vaccines for COVID.
The garden creates an immersive experience with the beautiful hard-wood canopy, rills and pools. The water starts its exploration through a series of rills and pools, representing the collective efforts of those working together in the NHS and universities. Warm earthy, apricot tones run through the planting, anchored by Acer griseum, Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ and Rosa glauca. The collaboration of planting, hard-landscaping and the gentle sound of water provides a safe space for reflection and contemplation, bringing optimism and hope of a brighter future.
The message of the garden is that even in the testing times of isolation and lockdown due to COVID, we are all – from NHS workers, to the general public, to those at risk and shielding – united by a common aim to support each other to get through it all.
As Featured In
The garden has been featured by the below publications, broadcasters & events.
Achillea Walter Funcke
Agastache foeniculum Black Adder
Agastache Red Fortune
Bulbinella ‘Sunset Orange’
Carex oshimensis Evergold
Dahlia Black Narcissus
Dahlia David Howard
Dahlia Mango Madness
Dahlia Sam Hopkins
Erigeron Karvinskianus Profusion
Erigeron Lavendar Lady
Geranium All Summer Joy R31
Miscanthus Sinensis Morning Light
Persicaria amplexicaulis Firedance
Rudbeckia nitida Herbstonne
Salvia guarantica Amino
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’
Sedum Jose Aubergine
Naomi is an inspiring and thoughtful designer, and a delight to work with. Her design for our 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden won an amazing Silver Gilt medal and presented an amazing message about stigma for those living with HIV.
JOHN FRATER, OXFORD UNIVERSITY