The M&G Garden

The M&G Garden

We are delighted to announce that we have commissioned award-winning James Basson as our garden designer.

Taking inspiration from the unique Mediterranean landscape of Malta, the design for the M&G Garden 2017 draws on the ecological diversity and sustainability of the region, which acts a microcosm for the planet as a whole.

Malta has made significant inroads into dealing with its ecological challenges, such as scarcity of water, the need to recycle and composting: challenges that we all need to consider to protect the environment.

To bring this story to life, James has structured the garden within a quarry, each with its own ecology, from coastal to woodland. Two imposing monolithic pillars of Maltese limestone will form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.

Each space will reflect how nature has adapted to reclaim a man-made landscape, using a naturalistic planting style which provides texture and structure. From grasses, heathers and evergreens, the design bears all the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean garden, but with an innovative edge. This is the first time some of these plants will have been seen in the UK, thanks to the Maltese government giving James special permission to use them.

There will be some specific plants that are unique to Malta, showing off the incredible diversity of its ecologiesa: Euphorbia melitense, Darniella melitense, Limonium melitense, Mattiola incana subsp. Melitense. There is a strong amount of yellow and this is the predominant colour in the flowering plants in Maltese spring time.

james-bassonThe M&G Garden Designer 2017: James Basson

James graduated with a first class honours degree in Garden Design from the University of Greenwich in 1998 and is a fully accredited and registered member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) in the UK and the Fédération Française du Paysage (FFP) in France.

He has won Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and a Silver Gilt in 2012.

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