RHS Chelsea 2019: Stuart Smith’s Bridgewater Garden
The lauded designer returns with feature to promote the new RHS garden
Tom Stuart Smith returns to Chelsea this year with a feature garden announced only weeks before the show. The RHS Bridgewater Garden will celebrate the opening of the new RHS garden next year, and will be the largest garden at this year’s show - double the size of one of the Show Gardens. The feature, which will not be judged, aims to highlight key features from the design for the new 154-acre garden, and will be relocated and reconfigured there after the show.
The dominant elements are two large steel space frames, and a network of paths - fully accessible by the public - based on a mathematical pattern called the Voronoi diagram.
The planting comprises a canopy of Cornus kousa, underplanted with clipped domes of beech, and perennial meadow with plants adapted to the damp mossy soils of Bridgewater including cultivars of Iris siberica, Rodgersia and Darmera.
“I thought I would never do another Chelsea,” says Stuart Smith, “but this is too wonderful an opportunity, to publicise the extraordinary project at RHS Bridgewater which I am so proud to be a part of.”