The Artisan Gardens are one of my favourite parts of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and this year I was completely blown away by one of the designs. Called ‘The Garden Bed‘, it was created by master florist Alison Doxey and chartered landscape architect Stephen Welch, in partnership with Asda.
The design was inspired by a garden which Stephen designed at a hospice in Guernsey, where patients’ beds were taken into the garden. The concept proved to be crucial to the well-being of the patients and their families.
Alison and Stephen’s Artisan Garden features a real hospital bed draped with a stunning natural ‘quilt’, woven by Alison using cut flowers and foliage from New Covent Garden Flower Market. Inspired by the raised beds, Alison used alchemilla mollis, muscari, astrantia, tanacetum, delphiniums and fountain grass to create the quilt.
Here are some photos of the beautiful planting in the hospice garden surrounding the bed which includes tulips, muscari, foxgloves, astrantia, delphiniums and aquilegias.
Isn’t the quilt just exquisite?! It really took my breath away…
Many congratulations to Alison and Stephen on winning a Gold Medal for their debut Artisan Garden!
P.S. Here’s a link to a wonderful video about the The Garden Bed.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)