Surrey Magna Carta anniversary garden to feature at RHS Chelsea
We have enjoyed glimpses of spring over the last few days and this has encouraged us to start looking forward to this year’s schedule of events hosted by the RHS. The Chelsea Flower Show is a highlight on our British Summer Social Season and it has just been announced that the event will welcome the Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta anniversary garden in 2015.
Paying tribute to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the garden has been created by acclaimed designers Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour and is sponsored by Surrey County Council and the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa, where the garden will be permanently installed.
The garden is themed on the 1215 Magna Carta and the formal layout is evocative of gardens of the medieval period, featuring handmade wattle archs over turf benches, traditional roses and honeysuckle, wattle obelisks and raised beds. A custom-made fountain will take centre stage surrounded by bespoke heraldic pennantscreated by the renowned embroider Rhoda Nevin, who was part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.
After the ‘Artisan Garden’ makes it final bow at Chelsea, it will return home, to the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa, on the banks of the Thames. It will become a permanent installation in the hotel grounds and will be freely available for the general public and local residents to visit.