Chelsea gardens relocated
Hope on the Horizon garden
Two medal-winning Chelsea gardens, now relocated, had their official openings on 26th September. The ‘RBC Waterscape Garden’ by Hugo Bugg and the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden by Matthew Keightley will now serve the purposes originally intended by their designers.
Keightley’s Silver-Gilt and People’s Choice garden will provide rehabilitation for the wounded veterans of Help for Heroes Chavasse VC House near Colchester and Hugo Bugg’s Gold Medal design will contribute to the prevention of surface-water run-off and flooding in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London as part of the Nine Elms South Bank re-generation project. Both designers represent a wave of new young gardening talent successful at Chelsea this year.
Hugo Bugg whose garden can be found outside the Tea House Theatre and was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada said that, “The RBC Waterscape Garden will profile cutting-edge features that promote urban cooling, flood prevention and bio-diversity. My hope is that people will leave the garden empowered and inspired to improve water retention in their own gardens.”
Keightley, whose garden was sponsored by Help for Heroes and £100,000 raised by the local community to support the project, expressed the hope that his garden, “can be enjoyed for the purpose it was intended; to provide a quiet haven and a place for contemplation and recovery.” It is also expected that there will be practical gardening too in the form of horticultural workshops.
To contribute to the maintenance costs of the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden see details www.helpforheroes.org.uk/donate