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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - CONTENTS -

In­clud­ing a pre­view of the new gardens for RHS Gar­den Wis­ley, and plans for a new Ho­ra­tio’s Gar­den by Tom Stu­art-Smith

Vis­i­tors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show got a glimpse of what Matt Keight­ley’s Gar­den for Well­be­ing will look like when it opens at RHS Gar­den Wis­ley in 2020. It’s one of three learn­ing gardens that will sur­round the new Na­tional Cen­tre for Hor­ti­cul­tural Science and Learn­ing and de­signs for all three have now been re­vealed. The Gar­den for Well­be­ing (above) will be ap­proached through cloud-pruned Pi­nus mugo cul­ti­vars and is made up of a se­ries of large, frag­mented beds, filled with ex­u­ber­ant plant­ings of peren­ni­als and grasses. A ser­pen­tine rill will leads from the café ter­race to a still pool, and ter­raced lawns will cre­ate a tran­si­tion be­tween this gar­den and Ann-Marie Pow­ell’s Wildlife Gar­den (right). Here, in a de­sign that bor­rows from the struc­ture of a bee’s wing, steel-edged beds will sup­port sep­a­rate plant­ings of na­tive and non-na­tive plants. A path through the trees on Bat­tle­son Hill will lead vis­i­tors to the World Food Gar­den, also designed by Ann-Marie Pow­ell.

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