RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
Gold Medal Winner
‘City Living’ by Kate Gould
Created by Award Winning Designer, Kate Gould, ‘City Living’ was an imagined space in an urban apartment block, providing the occupants with attractive and usable small gardens. Visitors to the garden saw a series of private greened spaces built across three different levels using innovative materials and featuring overhead screening to provide privacy to the user. Steel boundary structures echoed those of the building facade creating a sense of enclosure and architectural continuity whilst the use of a water feature, communal seating areas and structural planting brought a sense of peace and tranquility to the space.
The planting explores the possibilities of using hardy, tropical and shade-tolerant plants to create leafy and inviting small gardens in densely populated areas. This multi-level garden was designed to highlight the importance of greening inner city spaces, not just for residents enjoyment but to benefit the environment as a whole. With three trees (provided by Deepdale) included in the scheme and all planted on different levels, a reliable ﬁxing system was required to secure them in order to provide a safe environment for visitors to the showground. A Hippophae rhamnoides on the top ﬂoor and two Crataegus on the mezzanine and the ground levels were anchored using the Platipus Rootball Fixing System – Plati-Mat®.