The M&G Garden 2015

The Retreat

The M&G Garden 2015

We commissioned award-winning landscape designer Jo Thompson to create a garden retreat for the M&G Garden 2015.

In this video Jo reveals what attracted her to the M&G brief, and what inspired her design for the garden.

The M&G Garden features a two-storey oak framed building inspired by the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle, a large natural swimming pond edged with 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.

Partially covered by trees and lush planting, ‘The M&G Garden’ design for 2015 draws on Jo’s local influences: from the vernacular architecture features synonymous with the Sussex and Kent countryside where she currently lives, to the use of Purbeck stone at the far end of the swimming pond owing to her childhood in Dorset.

The romantic garden represents a quintessentially British restorative retreat, where visitors are able to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

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.”

Jacqui Haskins, M&G Marketing Director, commented: “The M&G Garden will mark Jo’s sixth Show garden at RHS Chelsea and we have always been impressed with Jo’s beautiful creations in the past. It is also fantastic to be working with such a well-regarded female designer, along with her all-female gardening team.”

Plant list

If you would like to have a go at recreating ‘The Retreat’ in your own garden, view the full plant list to see how Jo created her quintessentially British garden scheme.

View the plant list



Take a look at the pictures in our gallery for all the M&G highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

View the gallery