In less than three weeks I start building a show garden at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. My garden is in the Long Border category and is called ‘Turning Point’. It’s designed to embody the shift from late spring to early summer and the ways in which gardens are always in motion. Here’s a sneak preview of the feel of the planting:
And here I am deep in consultation with Kim Rogers of Dove Cottage Nursery who are very kindly growing most of my plants. Kim’s excellent eye and encyclopaedic knowledge of good herbaceous perennials have been invaluable as I’ve refined my plant list.
As well as plant wrangling I’ve been liaising with my main sponsor: Wm. Spence, a Bradford-based steel fabricator. They’re making the sculptural screen I’ve designed to curve through my show garden planting.
The coming weeks will be full of last-minute planning and panicking. I’m keen to get to Chatsworth and start transferring the show garden from my mind to that gorgeous site.