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Top garden designers go eco for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019


This year’s show promises sustainable show gardens by the UK’s top designers


Some of the Society of Garden Designers’ most celebrated designers are returning to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week – news which heralds what the organisers are hoping will be an outstanding year for the show.


Andy Sturgeon FSGD


Seven-time Gold medal-winning designer Andy Sturgeon FSGD is back for show sponsor M&G Investments, drawing inspiration from nature’s power to regenerate for his woodland garden, interspersed with stone platforms and burnt timber sculptures representing natural rock formations. Chelsea legend Sarah Eberle FSGD also returns to Main Avenue this year with The Resilience Garden, celebrating 100 years of forestry with The Forestry Commission.


Kate Gould MSGD


This year’s show will also celebrate the benefits of plants for people, places and the planet, and SGD designers will contribute to this theme. Andrew Duff MSGD, making his debut at Chelsea, will be celebrating trees in his design, ‘The Savills and David Harber Garden’, which references a sustainable woodland clearing in a city garden. Kate Gould MSGD is creating a hospice garden for Greenfingers, which will provide an uplifting space for children with complex needs and their families and carers.


Helen Elks-Smith MSGD


Pre-Registered Member Jonathan Snow’s design, ‘Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden’, aims to raise awareness of the threat to the rainforests of South America. Thomas Hoblyn MSGD will be evoking an arid landscape in ‘The Dubai Majlis Garden’, while Jo Thompson MSGD is returning to Chelsea with her second garden for Wedgewood, and Helen Elks-Smith MSGD is creating a garden for Warner’s Distillery.


Joe Perkins MSGD


In the Space to Grow category, Joe Perkins MSGD will create The Facebook Garden, and Jilayne Rickards MSGD is working with charity CAMRED for her garden. Pre-Registered Sue Hayward returns with a third Artisan Garden for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; and Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill have teamed up to design a garden for the charity Perennial in the Grand Pavilion.

And it was announced only weeks before the show that Tom Stuart Smith MSGD is returning once more with a large unjudged feature garden promoting the new RHS Bridgewater Garden, which opens next year.

You can see all the completed show gardens and stay up to date with Chelsea Flower Show right here with the Garden Design Journal – check back during show week for more news and details.