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Inside a Chelsea Show Garden

I was lucky enough to be invited on to the beautiful Savills & David Harber garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. What a treat! My sister-in-law and I were given a tour of the garden by the delightful David Harber, who explained the concept and walked us through the garden from front to back.

The very talented designer, Nic Howard, incorporated a series of beautiful David’s corten steel sculptures into the vibrant planting, with a view through them all to the explosive focal point sculpture at the back of the garden. Given that some people had queued for twenty minutes at the front of the garden to photograph the view through the sculptures, we had to dash along each of the pathways at high speed to get out of the way!

The theme of this theatrical garden was a journey through time, through a worm hole, with fairly sparse steppe-type planting at the front moving on to a rich and sophisticated tapestry of colourful perennials further back. Some of my favourites were Euphorbia lathyrus, Thalictrum ‘Nimbus Pink’, Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ and Lychnis ‘White Robin.’ Beautiful multi-stem Betula nigra and a tall mirrored water features gave further height to the garden and balanced the steel sculptures.