This is a garden of two characters: beautiful and ugly. A beautiful sunken garden featuring herbaceous planting and a sculpture by Tom Stogdon is bordered by native trees and lush shade-loving planting. This area contrasts starkly with more sinister and shocking elements: an avenue of dead trees, an ominous pool with an island holding a single sapling, and surrounding the garden concrete-panelled walls with a delicate pattern that is not as innocent as it looks.
Here lies the message of the garden: British trees and plants are under threat from pests, diseases and invasive species – help us stop the spread! The living trees include; Ulmus minor, Quercus Robur, Acer campestre, Aesculus indica, Pinus sylvestris and Platanus × hispanica.
This garden has been created in partnership with Defra, Forestry Commission, National Trust, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, Woodland Trust, Horticultural Trades Association, and Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation.
Inspired by woodland plants, the planting colour scheme includes blues, whites, and a little bit of lemon, to starkly contrast with the more sinister and shocking elements of the garden. Plants include, Geranium, Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Alba’, Nepeta, various Umbelliferae, Mathiasella bupleuroides, Euphorbia Pasteurii and Ligusticum lucidum.