Kate Gould's show garden 'The Wasteland' wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

05/27/2013 by Keith Fletcher

The theme for 'The Wasteland' was very much inspired by Kate’s personal experiences working in and around London. This gold winning garden was a highlight of the show.

Most of us are aware of many unloved spaces in our neighbourhoods which could be put to better use for both wildlife and people. Kate has cleverly shown in her garden that we do not need to leave these areas to go to waste or to be destroyed but we can create a new space using what may be available.

The Wasteland demonstrates how an abandoned water pumping works can be regenerated. The waste from the site’s industrial past is re-used within the garden

Above: The headwall, storm drain creates a fantastic water feature as a main focal point of the garden

Above: Old timber steps lead down to corrugated steel panels giving a great feel of texture.

Moss grows up through the crazy paving softening the floor.

Materials are reused to create a modern garden. The use of recycled products is an important element within the design of this garden. Above the springs from an old mattress create a fascinating screen for plants to grow through. In the background you see an old roll top bath that has been transformed and shaped to create a low garden chair.

Above: Plants have been selected to soften a hardscape in shades of grey. Lush green ferny foliage and bold leaf shapes cast shadows against dull concrete and metal while warmth is achieved by selected planting in blue and rich deep red.

Creating a private area. Within the garden there are spaces to sit and relax under the canopy of trees, enveloped by small shrubs and pretty perennials, with the sound of water gently burbling in the background.

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Commenting after the cameras left Kate said, “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded Gold, the Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious gardening event of the year and a gold medal is an enormous honour’

Kate has offered to donate the garden as a community space after the show finishes and anyone interested in placing it can contact Kate Gould Gardens through her website by Friday May 24th 2013 to discuss further.

Kate Goulds Website:  www.kategouldgardens.com

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