This particular garden features a steel-framed shelter (a Victorian safe) with a former prison door, built-in fireplace, log storage and green roof. The over-sized rain chain drained into a large metal cube. All the dark woods, dark-barked trees, big chain, industrial lighting, stone and metal finishes gave the garden a very masculine feel. The plantings were very unstructured -- nothing to clip, shape, deadhead, or shear.
The fence is constructed from recycled timber, highlighting the garden’s industrial feel and creating a strong backdrop for the planting. The fence was made from reclaimed gym floors. I detected the occasional basketball-looking floor markings in some of the individual pickets. This is the best looking wooden fence I've ever seen. Some of the pickets were a dark stained wood that matched the beautiful trees in the display (Prunus serrula 'Tibetica' (Birch Bark Cherry Tree) ). The trees have vertical bands of highly-polished-looking bark in golds and browns. My next home will have a forest of these.
There were large turbine fans in this garden. I didn't understand the purpose of those I don't think they added anything to the display and in fact, they distracted attention from the cleverness of the design.
This garden did get a gold from the Chelsea judges.
|Reclaimed chairs, a re-purposed prison door and reused gym floors look good in a Victorian safe.|
|Good fences make great neighbors. What do great fences make?|
|I liked the way the gutter extends way beyond the roof to allow the rain chain to empty into|
the tank, forming a "doorway" into a different part of the garden.