Chelsea Flowers Show 2012 – Joe Swift – My Favorite Garden

 

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

 

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Joe Swift created a beautiful space for his Chelsea garden where wood and wood tones take center stage. The structures are beautifully finished modern arches of layered cedar wood — (which I would love to know how well they would weather in a real garden)… and the remaining stonework is interesting as well.   The garden features large boulders that have been horizontally sliced to enhance their natural texture and increase their interest.  (I might have to give this a try sometime as this is a really interesting feature if you ask me)

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

 

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

A diagonal layout helps to make the long narrow space that chelsea gardens tend to occupy seem bigger while also changing the sightlines through the garden and breaking up the space into separate areas.

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

The plants here are meant to be suitable for a dry garden and in shades of orange yellow and burgundy….my personal favorite is the Verbascum ‘Petra’.

But the most interesting thing about this project is the overwhelmingly fast build.  Check out this link to see how the construction went in in just 4 days!

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Chelsea Flower show 2012 show garden by Joe Swift

Designed by Joe Swift
Sponsored by Homebase
built by Willerby Landscapes
images by rochelle greayer
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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

3 Comments

  1. Cindy at enclos*ure on May 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Beautiful. Has he posted a plant list of the garden anywhere?

  2. Jilly Welch on June 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    My favourite too! I’ve been very lazy and not written up my thoughts on it yet, but have whacked up a few Chelsea themes on my blog.. have a peek?!

    In case you want to use this link, here’s a nice snippet from Joe (who plays footie with my husband – random!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEMAkpeyEtg

    • rochelle on June 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Jilly — Great video! Thanks for posting! I loved seeing your trends — I have a trends write up that I pulled together (will share sometime within the next week or so)…similar, but different….so interesting to see another person’s take.

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