Garden Tour: An English Country Garden With its Own Writer’s Cabin
Take a tour of this lush and magical garden, with its two-storey wooden cabin and tranquil natural swimming pond
Walking into the garden certainly felt like entering a lush and magical hideaway, with romantic planting, a natural swimming pond and a fairy-tale cabin creating an oasis of calm away from the hubbub of the show. The garden was awarded a silver-gilt medal by the RHS judges. Take a look around…
Garden at a Glance
Designer Jo Thompson
Garden name The M&G Garden 2015 – The Retreat
Location RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015
That’s interesting The garden has a natural swimming pond running through it that hosted a synchronised swimming display on the opening day of the show
Nestled in a glade of trees in the heart of the garden is an oak-framed writer’s cabin, offering a magical escape for quiet contemplation and uninterrupted writing. The two-storey building was designed as a hideaway and was inspired by famous writers’ retreats, in particular the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle.
Including such a large structure in a show garden was a feat of organisation and planning. It was too large to be delivered to the show in one piece, so it was constructed off-site, taken to pieces again and then reassembled on the Chelsea showground in the days before the event opened.
Take a look around a jewel-coloured and wildlife-friendly English garden
As well as entertaining the crowds, this unexpected performance proved that, although it’s a compact size, the pool can work as an actual, functioning swimming space. The cool, inky water is kept clean naturally and requires no chemicals.
Explore a house that has its own natural swimming pond
Tour more award-winning gardens from the RHS 2015 Chelsea Flower Show
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