Stoke-on-Trent City Council commissioned a garden for the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show to convey the energy and vitality of a city moving into a new era of growth and energy. The garden’s clear lines and high-tech materials reflect the technological revolution. The planting was deliberately honed and precise.
Palmstead supplied many of the plants, working closely with Bartholomew Landscaping to help them realise the concept.
Barry Burrows and Kate Whitmore of Bartholomew Landscaping who designed and built the garden, said the planting was inspired by the city’s sense of new energy and momentum.
“The planting is a heady mix of woodland planting and billowing meadows. A woodland glade fringes the furthest edge of the pool, mirroring the natural energy that could power the city’s future. Within the woodland dell, a copse of betula utilis jacquemontii punctuates the carpet of white woodland flowers including Astrantia major ‘Shaggy’, Gillenia trifoliata and the pure white Digitalis purpurea f. ‘Albiflora’
“The planting sweeps round the side of the water, out from under the trees and into the sunlight, where colours bleed from white to the hazy pinks of Verbascum ‘Lavander Lass’, Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ and Umbellifera Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’, through to the darker crimson tones of Iris ‘Red Zinger’, Cosmos ‘Chocamocha’ and Aquilegia ‘Black Barlow’ to represent this vibrant flow of energy. “Grasses such as Briza Media, ‘the quaking grass’ and our native Deschampsia Cespitosa shimmer and weave through the planting, while taxus topiary balls are dotted throughout to create anchor points within the scheme."
Annita Gibson, Head of Landscape at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and project manager for the Chelsea Flower Show said: “The Positively Stoke-on-Trent garden harnesses the city’s new dynamism. It’s all about being a growth point for the UK. Moving water is used to symbolise sustainable energy, while polished steel and glass reflect the contemporary nature of the new city centre."