Natural swimming pool, RHS Chelsea Flower Show

About Project

The 2015 M&G Garden featured a two-storey oak framed building inspired by the garden retreats of, amongst others, Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl. A  large natural swimming pond was edged with water-loving plants, and surrounded by a woodland of river birches and acers, and a garden with tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams, with a touch of orange.

Partially covered by trees and lush planting, the M&G Garden design for 2015 drew on local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where Jo currently lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond owing to her childhood in Dorset.

This romantic garden represented a quintessentially British restorative retreat, where visitors could unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Style – Traditional British

Location – London, UK

Size – 220 sq m

Aspect & Soil
South, free draining soil & neutral PH
Features
Two-storey oak framed building, Natural swimming pond edged with water-loving plants, Open bathing deck, Sunken seating area, Woodland, Two stone sculptures by Tom Stogdon.
Awards
Silver-gilt
Contractor
SH Landscapes
Sponsor
M&G Investments
Date
May 12, 2015
Category
Show
Client