For 2016, Harrods is proud to announce its second year at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. Showcasing ‘Harrods British Eccentrics Garden’, the unique space has been designed and created by award-winning gardener and TV personality, Diarmuid Gavin.
Michael Ward, Harrods Managing Director comments: “This year, we wanted to create a garden that would embody the essence of tradition, beauty, innovation and excellence – a garden that would capture a quintessential British style and perfectly reflect Harrods values and traditions, but with a playful and quirky twist. Harrods has had a working relationship with Diarmuid for more than 10 years and we felt he would be the perfect person to design our garden and bring this vision to life.”
Gavin has designed an alternative take on a quintessentially English garden.. A touch of quirky eccentricity will also feature by way of an homage to English cartoonist and illustrator, William Heath Robinson, who was best known for his drawings of complicated machines designed to achieve simple outcomes. With the Heath Robinson ideology played out in the Harrods garden, the quirks, humour and eccentricities of what it means to be British will be reflected.
Helen Dillon, garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and one of the world’s most celebrated plantswomen, will be joining Gavin on this project, together with a team of experts from the architecture, engineering and blacksmithing industries.