Bord na M?na UK?s popular peat-free growing media and soil improver brand, Vital Earth is once again working with the gold medal winning garden designers, Harry and David Rich at Chelsea.? The garden uses growing and landscaping materials from Vital Earth and will unite garden design with a wine tasting experience thanks to headline sponsor, Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand.?.
The 2015 design, entitled ?The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth? has a planting scheme which interprets the reds and whites of Cloudy Bay?s signature wines, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. ?It journeys from the fresh and clean tones of a Sauvignon Blanc with white and green planting to the floral, dark and earthy tones of Pinot Noir with planting in red, purples and plums. ?Pollinating plant species such as digitalis, verbascum, cenolophium, denudatum, astrantia major, filipendula ulmaria are key to the theme creating year round interest and attractions for wildlife.? This is reflected in the tree species – the dark red blooms of the hawthorn and crisp clear whites of the field maple – which provide architectural structure to the planting.
Explains David Rich, ?The garden will convey ?how things simply fit together? through the structure and architecture of the wine, as well as the Marlborough terroir where micro-climates and diverse soil types deliver complexity of flavour and aroma.?
Harry added, ?It?s a privilege to be working with Cloudy Bay and Vital Earth 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.?
Maria Ines Pina, Brand Manager of Cloudy Bay comments: ?Coming from the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the Rich Brothers truly understand nature, how people connect to it and the authentic simplicity of Cloudy Bay. The garden will embrace our approach to winemaking and will be a sensitive interpretation of the simplicity, modernity and intensity of flavour found in Cloudy Bay wines. I?m looking forward to a glass of wine in the garden.?
Commenting on Bord na M?na?s continuing support for the Rich brothers, BNM UK?s Head of Consumer, Charles Farmer said, ?The environmentally friendly materials and sympathetic planting encompass the essence of our approach to the garden and represent quality and authenticity naturally afforded by the climate and the soil.? The combination with Cloudy Bay brings home the idea of natural resources, harnessed with integrity, responsibility and vibrancy.?