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.