The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - May 2014

The WellChild Garden at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - May 2014The RHS Chelsea Flower Show never fails to make headlines around the world and 2014 is no exception. This year’s show features a Fresh Garden Design by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist Olivia Kirk who has commissioned willow and wire sculptor Victoria Westaway to create two new sculptural art pieces for the WellChild Garden. WellChild provides practical and emotional support for seriously ill children and their families throughout the United Kingdom.

This garden comprises an enclosed oasis surrounded by a pictorial managed meadow, representing the care provided by the charity and the ongoing support offered by WellChild nurses to children in the community.

Five paths symbolising the fingers of a hand (inspired by the charity’s logo) lead the visitor on a journey of exploration between raised beds, ending at a curved sensory wall. The wall conceals functioning musical instruments and provides protection for the garden, as well as giving a glimpse of a sculpture beyond.

Olivia Kirk is a talented and experienced landscape and garden designer, working out of a Worcestershire design studio.  She has a project portfolio of private and public schemes all around the UK, as well as a number of high-profile show gardens to her name, such as the Chelsea Flower Show and the Malvern Spring Show.  Olivia specialises in creating healing gardens and is a Chelsea Gold Medallist designer with 'The Power of Nature Garden' in 2011

Whilst some designers are happier with either the planting or hard landscaping aspects of garden design, Olivia is an advocate of both and of attaining a considered balance between the two.   Her design signatures are the use of strong structural and architectural elements and innovative materials.  She also favours bold planting and a pronounced use of colour.

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