No matter how small your space this garden shows that grandiose principles of garden design can be applied. In this Artisan Garden, designed by Ruth Willmott Associates, for RHS Chelsea 2012, this silver-medal winning entry drew inspiration from Italian Gardens such as Villa Lante and the garden academies of the Greek philosophers. Sponsored by APCO Worldwide.
The first Chelsea show garden of Ruth Willmott Associates in the Artisan category, sponsored by APCO Worldwide. The garden draws its inspiration from the Greek philosophers who had their academies in gardens. Design by Ruth Willmott
The garden academies of the Greek philosophers inspired Italian gardens, so our Artisan Garden shows that even a small space such as this can apply grandiose Italian principles of garden design. Design by Ruth Willmott
A raised reflective pool and cascade draws inspiration from the water table at Villa Lante. Design by Ruth Willmott
Sleek recycled sandstone by artisan Italian stonemasons gives a contemporary feel to the concept of an artisan garden. Design by Ruth Willmott
Our Artisan Garden uses water as a metaphor for communication. In a raised reflective pool, three pencil thin trees - clipped Thuja occidentalis 'smaradg' - seem to float on water and a cascade of water flows to a lower pool. Design by Ruth Willmott
The Artisan Garden includes a contemplative space for conversation with a seating area beneath the shade of a multi-stemmed Acer griseum. Design by Ruth Willmott
The planting scheme reflects the sponsor APCO's brand and includes a range of oranges with cream accents and fresh green foliage. Plants include Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmation White', Geum 'Totally Tangerine', Tiarella wherryii, Dryopteris filix-mas, Hakonechloa macra, Geum 'Beech House Apricot', epimedium 'Orange Koenigen', Geum 'Hannays'. Design by Ruth Willmott
The seating/conversation area in the Artisan Garden, inspired by communication and the Greek philosophers who discussed important topics in their garden academies. Design by Ruth Willmott.