We commissioned award-winning Cleve West as our garden designer for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a second time.
The inspiration for ‘The M&G Garden 2016′ is the moment that Cleve fell in love with the timeless rugged landscape of south west England. Cleve tapped into his memories of teenage beguilement with the rocks and woods of Exmoor. The design is a contemporary tribute to the landscape that made such an early impression on Cleve.
The centrepiece of the garden is a sunken terrace and pool in grey sandstone, sourced from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Edges are sharp and the layout geometric; the essence of modern design.
The garden features a stone and gravel path through woodland edge planting, leading past stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path. The path, a metaphor for Cleve’s own journey into garden design, starts with rough stone and gravel becoming smoother with sawn stone towards the sunken, ‘designed’ space.
The oak-woodland inspired garden features a range of woodland planting including trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, bulbs and annuals. You can view the full plant list below.
In this video, Cleve reveals more about his inspiration for the garden and what features kept him up at night in the countdown to the Show.