The 2015 M&G Garden, designed by award-winning garden designer, Jo Thompson, represented a quintessentially British restorative retreat where visitors were able to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Winning an RHS Silver Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, the design drew on Jo’s local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where she lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond owing to her childhood in Dorset. Water-loving plants, a woodland of river birches, acacias and acers, and a garden with tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams, with a touch of orange brought colour to the card.
Working with an all-female gardening team, Jo ensured ‘The M&G Garden 2015 – The Retreat’ was a showcase of how British garden design has evolved yet retains many features that have stood the test of time.
Jo Thompson, garden designer, said: “I wanted to create a special garden for M&G that is a retreat, yet follows the principles of traditional British gardening: local materials such as oak and limestone surrounded by typical cottage planting with more than a hint of the woodland.”
Hear Jo’s inspiration behind the garden:
Take our video tour of the garden with Jo Thompson.