Chelsea 2017 World Horse Welfare Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – World Horse Welfare Garden

World Horse Welfare Garden

Practicality Brown are proud to have supported Show and Artisan Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 by supplying top quality large hedging plants to talented Garden Designers.

The World Horse Welfare Artisan Garden creates a moving story; designed by Woolcott Smith and built by Conway Landscapes, the garden celebrated the 90th  anniversary of World Horse Welfare charity and highlighted the plight of ‘invisible’ abandoned, neglected and abused horses in the UK and abroad.

Background

A traditional wildflower garden, it told the story of Clippy, a 12hh dapple grey pony who was rescued from terrible conditions.  The small, derelict stable surrounded by plants that are dangerous to horses, represents that actual place where he was found. Thankfully rescued by World Horse Welfare, Clippy’s journey concludes by him being re-homed and moving into an open and safe meadow surrounded with horse friendly plants including native mix hedging.

Central to the garden is a life-sized sculpture of Clippy, made from reclaimed horseshoes by Tom Hill Sculpture, standing upright and proud looking to a future filled with contentment and hope.  The sculpture has been made from horseshoes donated by nearly 40 famous equines; including Her Majesty The Queen’s Windsor grey horses and Olympic gold medallists Big Star and Valegro.

The real Clippy travelled to London on Monday to pose with the garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Press Day where he met celebrities including Kirstie Allsopp, Clare Balding, Charley Boorman, Sara Cox, Monty Don, Susan George, Peter Kay, Deborah Meaden, Rachel Riley, Victoria Pendleton, David Seaman and Nigel Slater.

Awards

This Artisan Garden was awarded a Gold medal by the RHS, making it four Gold medals for Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith and also won affirmation from the public with The People’s Award for Best Artisan Garden at Chelsea.

To find out more about World Horse Welfare and the RHS Chelsea Garden, click here

Practicality Brown are proud to have supplied native mix hedging plants for this award winning garden.

The BBC created a film about the garden and its designers, as part of their Chelsea flower show coverage, which can be seen here

Chelsea 2017 GOLD
Gold and Silver at Chelsea

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Awards

Congratulations to everyone at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, particularly:

The Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden designed by Tracy Foster awarded Silver Medal

The World Horse Welfare Artisan Garden designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith awarded Gold Medal.

We are proud to have supplied our Native Mix hedging to both these gardens.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden
Chelsea 2017 Tracy Foster Native Hedges

Welcome to Yorkshire

The Welcome to Yorkshire garden is inspired by the Yorkshire coast, the drama of the county’s many historic buildings and Yorkshire’s special relationship with its agricultural heritage.  The garden featured a ruined abbey, chalk cliffs, a beach and the sea, with gently rolling waves lapping the shore. The trompe l’oeil painting within the ruin linked the coastal beauty to the farmland beyond. The stone used to build the ruin is sourced from a Yorkshire quarry, and the cliffs are created from material with the same geological composition as Flamborough Head. The natural–themed colourful wildflowers, grasses and shrubs in the garden are native to Yorkshire’s coastal area.

Sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, the garden’s aim is to highlight the beauty of Yorkshire and inspire people to experience the county for themselves.

This garden was awarded a Silver Medal by the RHS

The World Horse Welfare Artisan Garden
Woolcott Smith Chelsea native hedge

World Horse Welfare

The garden has been designed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of World Horse Welfare charity and aims to highlight the plight of ‘invisible’ abandoned, neglected and abused horses in the UK and abroad. The garden is a traditional wildflower garden that will tell the story of one of these ‘invisible’ horses. A derelict stable in one corner will be surrounded by plants harmful to horses, which open up into an open, bright and secure meadow, with horse friendly plants. It will feature a life-sized sculpture of a horse made from reclaimed horseshoes by Tom Hill.

This garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS and also won affirmation from the public with The People’s Award for Best Artisan Garden at Chelsea.

If you would like a garden inspired by RHS Flowers Shows please contact us on 01753 652022 to talk to our friendly Horticultural team.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show Awards

BBC RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017: People’s Choice Award

There are three People’ Choice awards that the public can vote for at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show:

  • Best Show Garden
  • Best Fresh Garden
  • Best Artisan Garden

Voting for Best Show Garden is via the www.bbc.co.uk/chelsea website only and voting is only open for one day, opening 21:00 Wednesday 24th May and closing at 21:30 on Thursday 25th May 2017.

This vote is for the best of the large 8 Show Gardens. These display the latest innovative designs and must-have plants, crafted with skill by highly-talented designers and their teams.  Each of these gardens feature on the BBC’s coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower show. The winner will be announced during the BBC’s coverage on Friday 26th May 2017.

Voting for Best Fresh and Artisan Gardens is via theThe RHS Peoples’ Choice Award web page; voting is open now and closes on Friday 26th of May 2017.

Vote for the best of the 5 Fresh Gardens: Bold and daring, the Fresh category uses innovative materials and daring design to present and question concepts

Vote for the best of the 9 Artisan Gardens: The artisan category demonstrate traditional designs, materials and craft skills revitalised by contemporary approaches

The RHS medals have been awarded at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, and the next big honour is BBC/RHS Peoples’ Choice Award, which as its name suggests, is voted for by the public.

See the BBC’s Chelsea coverage to a review of the gardens or RHS’s Chelsea pages for more details on each of the gardens.

Practicality Brown is proud to have been able to supply our Native Mix hedging to two gardens this year:

Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden

Welcome to Yorkshire Show Garden

World Horse Welfare Artisan Garden

World Horse Welfare Artisan Garden

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Native Mix Instant Hedge growing at production site
Native Mix Hedges

Garden Hedges

Hedges are aesthetically pleasing and add character to a property, whether they are an integral part of the design, or form a boundary fence.  We have a number of mature hedge options across a range species, both evergreen and deciduous, including the popular Native Mix.

 

A good hedge has many benefits in addition to being a garden boundary:

Native mix hedge in private garden

Native mix hedge in private garden

  • It provide a good shelter; reducing wind strength better than a solid fence
  • It acts as a filter; absorbing dust and noise
  • It offers privacy; as an effective visual screen
  • It offers a level of security; a prickly hedge is a great deterrent
  • It has natural beauty and interest with seasonal changes
  • It provides background texture and colour to complement other plants
  • Wildlife can benefit from its food and shelter for insects, birds and mammals
  • It is long-lived; many hedges can last hundreds of years

 

Native Mix Instant Hedges

Native mix hedging contains plants that are all native to the UK and as such emulate traditional country hedgerows found throughout Britain.  Our Native Mix would usually contain a combination of Hazel, Blackthorn, Hornbeam, Dogwood and Hawthorn, all of which are indigenous species.

Close up of Native Mix hedge leaves

Close up of leaves in Native mix hedge

 

Native Mix hedges creates a natural look and contain a variety of colours and textures which provide a rich living collage for excellent seasonal interest from the early spring blossoms to fruits and berries in the autumn.  All kinds of wildlife will be attracted by the food and shelter opportunities.

 

Native hedging, by its very nature will thrive on most soil types and can be planted in all but the deepest of shade.  It will tend to grow quite quickly at some 20 – 40 cm per year and will require pruning once a year, ideally in July; it can be left un-pruned, when it will prove even more wildlife friendly.

 

Instant Hedge growing at Elveden
Truly instant hedging – up to 1.8m high

First planted in 1998, Practicality Brown is the sole supplier of the award-winning Elveden Instant Hedge, which is a truly mature, dense hedging product.

The Elveden Instant Hedge difference:

  • Grown from British origin stock (seed or cutting) not just UK provenance (which can be where plants have been growing in the last six months)
  • Allowed to grow and mature over time at the Elveden Estate in East Anglia
  • The roots are grown in a membrane which helps to eliminate transplant shock; thereby allowing planting of this substantial mature hedge to be carried out all year round
  • It is fed, watered and regularly clipped to ensure that it is an effective, robust and dense hedge around 2ft deep
  • For example the Green Beech available to plant now at 1.8m high was planted during 2008/9 season, some 7 or 8 years of diligent care and attention whilst the same height Laurel is 4-5 years old.
  • Available in 2.5m length strips which ensure continuity of plants, as they are replanted in the same order as they are lifted from the ground.

Time and again this proper instant hedge provides landscape architects and garden designers with the essential element to emphasize, enhance or enclose their design.  We have stock available in heights from 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m across a range of species, all of which are 400-500mm deep.

Elveden Instant Hedge is a premium product and still is the best in class in terms of the size, density and quality; it is perfect for high end projects and where clients or circumstances demand a superior finish.

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show pre-report

Practicality Brown are proud to be supporting garden designers for Show and Summer Gardens at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this July by supplying top quality large hedging plants and trees.

A Dog’s Life Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes for The Dogs Trust

As Dogs Trust celebrates its 125th anniversary, this garden marks the charity’s commitment to finding new, loving owners for thousands of homeless dogs every year.

PMS: Outside Inside Garden for NAPS designed by Emma Bannister @pmsgarden

The garden is inspired by the stories of those who suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome. The common native planting on the outside contrasts with the inaccessible space and distorted planting inside.

World Vision Garden designed by John Warland

The World Vision Garden symbolises journeys of life. Inspired by the lives of children around the world, the floating waves of turf each represent an individual life.

A breath of Fresh Air design by Rae Wilkinson for The Abbeyfield Society

Breathing new life into the concept of a sensory garden and celebrating 60 years of The Abbeyfield Society, the design has created a calming space for older people and specifically those living with dementia.

A Summer Retreat designed by Laura Arison and Amanda Waring for CCLA

Inspired by the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the garden embraces the values of simplicity, elegance, style and craftsmanship. It is designed to be either a separate garden room adjoined to a larger space or an entity on its own.

The Lavender Garden designed by Paula Napper, Sarah Warren and Donna King

The design is inspired by the scent, colour and romance of lavenders grown at a dairy farm on the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.

For more details on the show, check out the RHS website

Instant Hedge makes a difference

Lisa Cox, is an award-winning SGD designer who transforms gardens into inspiring spaces. Lisa created a beautiful family garden in Oxshott, Surrey and chose our Elveden Instant Hedge to complement her beautiful design creating a soft boundary on a fence line.  Lisa created a blog when first implementing the project with an update a year later.

A High Hedge is a perfect privacy screen

Practicality Brown Ltd supplied and planted a high hedge to screen a swimming pool area in a private garden. We used Thuja Occidentalis ‘Brabant’ or more commonly, White Cedar, for this project. The individual hedging plants were 4.5m high and allowed the area to be enclosed for total privacy.

Evergreen Instant Hedge delights another customer

The customers requirement was simple, an effective screen from passing ramblers.

We suggested Yew hedging plants at 2.5 metre high and 79 linear metres was carefully planned and planted in just two days.   In addition, Elveden Instant Hedge in Native Mix was planted in another area of the property, helping to create a mature garden and privacy that the client craved.  The client gave us the following testimonial:

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Elveden Instant Hedge wins new developer client

Practicality Brown were chosen to supply Elveden Instant Hedge for a high quality new home development in Winchester, Hampshire.

The project required:

  • A total of 180m of hedge
  • 136m Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • 30m of Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and
  • 14m Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium).

Once again, the introduction of Elveden Instant Hedge truly added immediate impact and maturity to this brand new development.