RHS Chelsea 2016 - Brewin Dolphin Garden ‘Forever Freefolk’ designed by Rosy Hardy – RHS Silver Medal
The Brewin Dolphin Garden seeks to challenge, engage and provoke at many levels. The garden invites visitors to consider the fragility of our rare and beautiful chalk streams – a vital natural resource, threatened by pollution and climate change. Just 200 chalk streams exist in the world, with the majority in the south of England.
The garden explores the fragility and uniqueness of these streams by inviting the visitor to take a walk through a dry chalk stream bed towards its source. It references the changing context and form of the landscape, giving the sense of loss and the potential for renewal. Planting echoes the changing landscape from dried river bed to grassland towards the lush areas at the source.