The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016 is entitled ‘Forever Freefolk’. The garden, designed by nurserywoman Rosy Hardy, already the holder of an impressive 20 RHS Chelsea Gold medals, invites visitors to consider the fragility of chalk streams, a rare and vital natural resource. This is Rosy’s Chelsea show garden debut.
The garden aims to challenge, engage and encourage visitors to recognise the fragility and unique nature of our English Chalk streams. There are around 200 chalk streams in the world, under threat from pollution, and climate change; 160 of these are in England – one of the best examples is the River Test which flows through Freefolk Hampshire, neighboring Hardy’s nursery.
Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK’s leading Wealth Managers has a similar responsibility to strengthen, grow and protect their client’s investments. Stephen Ford, head of Brewin Dolphin’s wealth management, said, “In keeping with our years at Chelsea RHS we are proud to be associated with Rosy, another inspiring and challenging designer. That Rosy Hardy is, for the first time, designing a Show garden, is testament to our mutual commitment to welcome, inspire and engage all our visitors.”
The garden will showcase four new plant introductions and some breathtakingly beautiful features. Several planting zones are represented including; lush, shady, dry and a grassland area. All trees, plants and hedging are representative of those grown in this part of Southern England. The garden is designed to be a sensual, accessible and thought provoking educational experience.