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The Victorian Aviary Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

Designers: Jonathan Denby and Philippa Pearson. Site: MA13

Media Pack

There are a few firsts and seconds for this Chelsea show garden, it is:

  • the first time the designers have exhibited a show garden at Chelsea
  • the first time there has been a Lake District themed show garden
  • Jonathan’s second show garden ever and, out of the 15 show gardens, Philippa is one of only two female show garden designers.

Key features include Victorian, Cumbrian and Russian references.

The landscaping contractor is Mark Richardson of Stewart Landscape Contractors near Bures in Suffolk.

The Design – Victorian, Lake District and Russian Influences

  • Jonathan and Philippa’s design reflects a unique combination of these three key influences. Victorian design in a Lake District setting centered on a gold and striking blue aviary similar to the colours of the iconic buildings in St Petersburg, Russia.

The formality and grandness of the late Victorian period is seen in the garden’s ‘external rooms’ created by using hedges and box edged borders set in lawn and incorporating structural topiary. However the garden has been given a modern twist with Philippa’s trademark use of colourful planting.

At the heart of the garden is a beautiful ornate metal structure based on the Rothschild’s working aviary at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire originally completed in 1889 in the Rococo style. Shirley Hibbard’s, ‘Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste’ provided Jonathan with the idea of an aviary in this garden.

The show garden aviary sits on a raised terrace paved with Brathay Blue Black slate. The walls of the terrace are

Brathay Blue Slate Board

 Lakeland Blue slate.

The Lake District provenance makes this a first for a Chelsea show garden.

Why This Garden is Different to Other Show Gardens

Unusually the Victorian Aviary Garden is one of the few English show gardens. Neighbouring gardens reflect planting and design styles from around the world. It is an intact and practical garden which could be transplanted as it is to suit a range of typical English gardens including an entire town house garden or a country garden or as part of a larger estate. And it would survive in its entirety in our English climate. 

The aviary, forming a sheltered outdoor seating area, provides a practical place from which the lawn and the colourful planting can be enjoyed.

Planting Style and Plants

  • Philippa has chosen a cool palette of shade loving perennials and ferns around the aviary with highlights of whites, pale apricot and dusky maroon set against the green planting.

In the two main box-edged borders, set in lawn towards the front of the garden, a tapestry of perennials, mixed with grasses and tulips create a ‘jewel-like’ effect, and bring a welcome splash of colour to Chelsea this year.

The Brathay Blue Black Slate

  • The Cumbrian slate is from an ancient quarry near Ambleside owned by Kirkstone Quarries.

The Brathay blue black slate, favoured by the Elizabethans, with its fine golden threads, marries well with the gold detail on the aviary. The Lake District produces the best slate in Britain and it is in worldwide demand.

The Peacock Pebble Mosaic

  • An enchanting focal point of this colourful garden is a beautiful pebble path embellished with a regal peacock.

Maggy Howarth has perfected the ancient art of hand made pebble mosaic paving to create a detailed 4m x 3m piece of path art. The pebbles have been hand-picked from a licensed beach in Anglesey and semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli and tiny ceramic birds provide dazzling detail.

Maggy’s mosaics are to be found in some of the world’s grandest gardens including Lady Arabella Lennox Boyd’s Lancashire garden and Lord Heseltine’s Oxfordshire garden as well as at previous Chelsea shows. 

The peacock path, assembled on site, was made in sections at Maggy’s workshop, high on the Lancashire moors, near the Cumbrian border. 

Planting Sources. Most of the plants have been grown by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in Hampshire. Kelways in Somerset have grown the irises, paeonies and ferns and Deepdale Trees in Bedfordshire supplied the trees, hedging and topiary. Jacques Amand in Middlesex provided the tulips and Woottens Plants in Suffolk tended species pelargoniums.

Afterwards. The garden will be reconstructed in the grounds of one of Jonathan Denby’s hotels, the Newby Bridge Hotel, near Lake Windermere. 

The Sponsors. The garden is sponsored by South Lakes Hotels, who own three family friendly hotels in the Lake District and Kirkstone Quarries, near Ambleside, who are supplying the Cumbrian slate.

Contact Details

Jonathan Denby. 015395 32469. Mobile: 07733 322394. jonathan@bestlakesbreaks.co.uk

Philippa Pearson. 01767 651253. Mobile: 07770 947284. philippa@philippapearson.co.uk

Emma Dewhurst. (PR) 015395 64193. Mobile: 07964 686682. emmadew@gotadsl.co.uk

Images, News Releases and Other Sources of Information

News releases, a wide selection of images of the garden and a picture of the designers can be downloaded from: http://www.victorianaviarygarden.co.uk/.

Further details of the garden and the designers’ blogs can also be found at this website.

Alternatively visit the RHS website to read Philippa’s exhibitor diary: http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/blogs/hamptoncourt/. And see her video diaries at:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2010/Whats-new/Video-diaries/Philippa-Pearson-Chelsea-video-diary

Please also ask for our show garden leaflet when you visit us. We look forward to seeing you

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Press Release

Issue Date: Friday 14 May 2010

Cold Weather Suits Chelsea Plants

Digitalis Purpurea in bud at Hardys Cottage Garden Plants

Alchemilla Mollis at Hardys Cottage Garden Plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite witnessing the hottest April this century, the coldest May since 1996 and one of the driest Aprils since 1938, plants destined for the ‘Victorian Aviary Show Garden’ at Chelsea should be at their best when the show opens in just over a week’s time.

 

The plants chosen by the designers for the garden, many of which are being grown by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in Hampshire, are particularly suited to a temperate climate. The weather conditions of the last six months, with cold spells encouraging slow root growth and maintaining cool pot temperatures as well as low sunlight levels promoting lush growth, have served the plants well.

Garden designer Philippa Pearson, one half of the design duo, said:

“The recent cold weather is keeping the plants in suspended animation and they are looking absolutely perfect. Next week the temperatures rise just in time for planting up, helping to get all those fat, juicy buds to open. Very unusually I’ve only had to substitute one plant line.”

Predictions of a poor show of flowers and plants at Chelsea may yet be dispelled.

The Victorian Aviary Garden, with its Cumbrian provenance is a first for a Chelsea show garden. Traditional materials incorporated into the garden from the area include a dense blue black slate with fine golden lines, Brathay Blue Black, which is being used for paving and local stone for walling, reconstructed by craftsmen from a redundant garden wall at the Newby Bridge Hotel near Windermere.

The garden has been designed by Jonathan Denby from Cumbria and Philippa Pearson from Cambridgeshire, their first Chelsea show garden.

The show garden is being sponsored by South Lakes Hotels. It will be rebuilt afterwards at one of the sponsor’s hotels in Cumbria. The garden’s other sponsor is Kirkstone Quarries, near Ambleside, who are supplying the Cumbrian slate.

For a planting list or images please contact: Emma Dewhurst on 015395 64193

Notes to Editors:

Contact details for Rob & Rosy Hardy, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, telephone 01256 896533. Their website address is: www.hardys-plants.co.uk

Further details of the Victorian Aviary Garden and a blog can be found at: http://www.victorianaviarygarden.co.uk/.

Alternatively visit the RHS website to read Philippa’s exhibitor diary: http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/blogs/hamptoncourt/

Sponsor Kirkstone Quarries website is: www.kirkstone.com

Designer contact details: Jonathan Denby. 015395 32469. Mobile: 07733 322394. jonathan@bestlakesbreaks.co.uk OR

Philippa Pearson. 01767 651253. Mobile: 07770 947284. philippa@philippapearson.co.uk

Background

Jonathan Denby and Philippa Pearson met at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2009 where they had each designed a RHS Silver Gilt award-winning garden: Jonathan designed ‘A Beekeeper’s Garden’ with Nicola Hills, Philippa designed ‘The Sadolin Nature To Nurture Garden’.

Jonathan Denby is a Victorian gardening specialist, amateur gardener, slow life fan and hotelier who owns South Lakes Hotels. His own garden at Yewbarrow House in Grange over Sands, Cumbria is open for the National Garden Scheme and is one of the few ‘starred’ private gardens in the ‘Good Gardens Guide’. Based near Cambridge, Philippa Pearson’s work covers private gardens across the Home Counties whilst her Border Design By Post service offers a cost-effective garden design solution for clients across the UK. Philippa is also Consultant Gardener at the Brocket Hall estate at Welwyn, Hertfordshire and has re-designed planting schemes at the Grade 11 listed Hall and other areas at the estate. Philippa has designed the Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. For more information follow the links:

The Landscaper is Mark Richardson of Stewart Landscape Construction, Bures, Suffolk and the Pebble mosaic path is by Maggy Howarth of Cobblestone Designs, Wennington, Lancaster.

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Press Release

 

The Victorian Aviary Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Designers: Jonathan Denby and Philippa Pearson. Site: MA13

Garden designers Jonathan Denby and Philippa Pearson’s coloured-filled ‘The Victorian Aviary Garden’ is one of 15 show gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (25-29 May).

The pair, new to Chelsea, are not the typical entrants to this year’s show. Out of the 15 main show gardens, Jonathan Denby is the only amateur designer and Philippa Pearson, renowned for her colourful planting schemes, is one of only two female designers.

The setting for Jonathan and Philippa’s garden is an ornate, rich blue and gold Victorian aviary creating an enchanting focal point and an informal outdoor room to relax, eat in and to enjoy the garden from. The two side wings of the aviary, commonly used to keep exotic birds in during its Victorian heyday, are now open and planted with shrubs for year round interest. The aviary is typical of the grand designs from the late Victorian period and is inspired by the elaborate Rococo aviary at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. A beautiful regal peacock continues the bird theme in a mosaic pebble path by artist Maggy Howarth.

Planting in the show garden includes a woodland edge style using a cool palette of green, white, soft apricot and pale cream with splashes of maroon. The formal layout of the lower terrace has two large square box-edged borders set in lawn, a layout inspired by the late Victorian period, where planting style is modern and colourful and a tapestry of perennials and grasses create a ‘jewel-like’ planting effect.

The Victorian Aviary Garden has a strong Cumbrian provenance, a first for a Chelsea show garden. Cumbrian slate is used for paving, and slate and limestone make up the terrace’s traditional stone walls. Stone for the wall comes from an old garden wall at the Newby Bridge Hotel, one of the sponsor’s hotels, near Windermere.                                                                                     

The garden’s two sponsors are South Lakes Hotel, who own three family-friendly hotels in the Lake District and Kirkstone Quarries, near Ambleside, who are supplying the Cumbrian slate. The garden will be re-built afterwards at one of the sponsor’s hotels in Cumbria.

Notes For Editors

An image of a watercolour impression of the finished garden is attached. A current plant list and images of the designers are also available on request.

For further information contact:

Philippa Pearson

Tel: 01767 651253

Mobile: 07770 947284

E-mail: philippa@philippapearson.co.uk                       

Jonathan Denby

Tel: 015395 32469

Mobile: 07733 322394

E-mail: jonathan@bestlakesbreaks.co.uk

Background 

Jonathan Denby and Philippa Pearson met at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2009 where they had each designed a RHS Silver Gilt award-winning garden: Jonathan designed A Beekeeper’s Garden with Nicola Hills, Philippa designed The Sadolin Nature To Nurture Garden.

Jonathan Denby is a Victorian gardening specialist, amateur gardener, slow life fan and hotelier who owns South Lakes Hotels. His own garden at Yewbarrow House in Grange over Sands, Cumbria is open for the National Garden Scheme and is one of the few ‘starred’ private gardens in the ‘Good Gardens Guide’.

www.yewbarrowhouse.co.uk www.bestlakesbreaks.co.uk  www.slow-life.co.uk 

Based near Cambridge, Philippa Pearson’s work covers private gardens across the Home Counties whilst her Border Design By Post service offers a cost-effective garden design solution for clients across the UK. Philippa is also Consultant Gardener at the Brocket Hall estate at Welwyn, Hertfordshire and has re-designed planting schemes at the Grade 11 listed Hall and other areas at the estate. Philippa has designed the Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. 


www.philippapearson.co.uk            www.philippa-memoirsofagardendesigner.blogspot.com

Additional Information

Landscaper  

Mark Richardson, Stewart Landscape Solutions: www.stewartlandscape.co.uk

Pebble mosaic path

Maggy Howarth, Cobblestone Designs
www.maggyhowarth.co.uk

Slate

www.kirkstone.com