City garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show

About Project

The Unexpected Gardener is a small urban garden commissioned by Thrive, which demonstrates how the charity helps people with disabilities change their lives through gardening.

Both practical and restful, this garden shows that age and disability are no barrier to gardening, and incorporates raised planter beds for ease of access, an outdoor fireplace, fountain and a seating area, whilst the trees offer support and shade.

Featured plants include Iris ‘Jamie Roo’ making its show debut, as well as a delightful and rare Geranium ‘Southease Celestial’ alongside caramel-coloured roses and rich blue and purple irises.

Aspect & Soil
South West, Free-draining & neutral PH
Landscaping
15% hard
Features
Raised beds, outdoor fireplace, fountain, seating area, multi-stemmed trees, sculpture by Gareth Neal
Awards
Gold medal & Best Urban Garden winner
Sponsor
Thrive
Date
May 11, 2011
Category
City, Planting, Show
Client