Celebration of Caravanning, RHS Chelsea Flower Show

About Project

The starting point and inspiration for this design is Doris, a mid-1950s aluminum caravan now tucked away in a sheltered and southerly corner of the garden. The garden is a relaxing space for the owner to use as a retreat; beautiful birch Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ tower over a palette of pink and cream planting that includes roses, salvias, irises and grasses.

Tactile details such as timber decking and sandstone paths, and a water rill that doubles as a wine chiller, encourage barefoot exploration of the garden. There are plenty of places to pause and enjoy the view with undulating timber benches and a hammock, partially screened by reclaimed timber posts.

The garden layout is simple and geometric, with Doris prominently positioned at the back of the garden. A stretch of water runs through the garden along, steel water rills designed by Thompson. The garden offers plenty of places to sit; timber seats, ergonomic benches or the bridge across the rill. All the wooden features are designed by Thompson, and made by Auspicious Joinery in Gloucestershire.

Underneath the featured planting of the Betula Albosinensis Fascination and Hornbeam hedge, Thompson’s planting (by Roger Platts and Iris of Sissinghurst) includes; Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing, Pimpinella Majorrosea and Chaerophyllum Hirsutum Roseum, Paeonia Bowl of Cream, Paeonia Mr. Ed, Stipa Tenuissima, Linum Perenne, Lychnis Flos-Cuculi White Robin, Silene Fimbriata, Iris Ever After, Iris Success Fou, Erodium Chrysanthemim Pink Form, Geranium Himalayense Gravetye, Digitalis Serendipity, Thalictrum Elin, Geranium Phaeum Samobor, Fern Osmunda Regalis and Polystichum Setiflorum Plumosomultilobum.

Contemporary Cottage
RHS Chelsea, London, UK
100 sq m
Aspect & Soil
South West, Free-draining & neutral PH
30% hard
Vintage Fisher caravan, oak fencing and curved bench, steel rills, dog kennel, handmade patchwork hammock
Silver Gilt medal winner
The Outdoor Room
The Caravan Club
May 11, 2012