I am delighted to have partnered with Boodles at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show to create The Boodles Secret Garden, inspired by the well-loved children’s story by Frances Hodgson- Burnett, it is a contemporary interpretation of the journey into an enchanted, life changing sanctuary.
From the naturalistic planting in the outer beds of Hydrangea paniculata, Rhus typhina, Miscanthus sinensis and spires of Verbena hastata, you are enticed from a palette of muted greens and creams through a high, intricately carved, louvred oak wall into an enchanted, secret garden brimming with jewel like plants. Acis autumnalis, Dahlia campanulata and Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae, introduce beautiful, droplet structures and soft pink into the exotic planting, tempting a look into the safe and sheltered space, altogether a more defined area.
The Secret Garden is encased by a combination of Taxus baccata hedging and an oak louvre wall created by renowned contemporary furniture maker Jan Hendzel Studio from sustainably sourced oak, found within five miles of Chelsea. The two contrasting surfaces of the louvre reflect the two areas of the garden and personify that life changing journey into The Secret Garden.
British craftsmanship and contemporary design are the foundation for the design and has been the bedrock in the creation of this garden. Boodles will be showcasing their latest collection of jewellery at the show – The Secret Garden – inspired by the story and this sanctuary garden.
The structure will move to Boodles, Sloane Street after the show and the planting will be donated to The Message Trust, a charity supporting families in the North of England.