Bord na M?na UK?s two Chelsea gardens both won gold yesterday.
The Rich Brothers garden jointly sponsored with Cloudy Bay – the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand – and the Pennard Plant Roots and Shoots garden both gained the judges? approval in a double success.
The Cloudy Bay in Association with Vital Earth garden, featured structural innovation with its moveable garden ?shack? on rails.
The Roots and Shoots Garden also planted in BNM UK?s peat-free growing media had an Edwardian garden theme based on Kipling?s The Glory of the Garden.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show?s youngest pair of landscape architects, brothers David and Harry Rich created their steel and oak structure on rails so that it can move from one side of the garden to the other.
The clever mechanism is designed to challenge traditional perception of garden design as it employs heavy-duty engineering elements that are a first for Chelsea.
The design techniques of the original ?Shack? are mimicked throughout the garden via wooden oak slats and an expansive glass fa?ade offering various perspectives of the garden as it moves across the garden.
The shack moves along steel tracks, with the mechanics seamlessly hidden beneath its floor, invisible to the onlooker.
The Rich brothers worked closely with a Peter Downey local blacksmith to achieve the finished product.
The garden uses growing and landscaping materials from Bord na M?na UK Earth and Harry Rich commented: ?It?s a privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay and Bord na M?na together.
?There are many affinities between gardening and winemaking and it?s amazing to be so close to it, while also helping others understand the beautiful process and experience of wine through this garden design.?
??It?s the soul of Miss Jekyll – pale yellows, blues and cream?, says Kew trained horticulturist and landscape architect Tony Danford who designed the Roots and Shoots garden to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kipling?s birth.
Commenting on the Bord Na M?na UK?s golden triumph, head of consumer, Charles Farmer said: ?This is literally the best possible result.? We take great pride in working with great ideas and great designers and it?s a pleasure to supply the most ethical and the most consistently performing growing media in order to realise superb designs in superbly real gardens.?