WHEN: Thursday 17th March 2022, 7.00pm - 11.30pm
£30 includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, some delicious samples of Turkish mezze and the chance to win some incredible prizes in our raffle.
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Garden designer Richard Miers and Perennial are collaborating on an exciting project in 2022. We will both be making our first ever show garden appearance on main avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’.
Packed into the allocated space (22m by 10m) are all of the hallmarks of a Richard Miers’ garden. The design reflects Richard’s strong sense of geometry, his mastery of classical design and his ability to deliver soft elegance. RHS Chelsea takes place in the last week of May and we can’t wait to unveil The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’.
“Richard’s beautiful garden represents the very best of horticulture – art, craft, skill, collaboration and love are all present in abundance. We are very excited about how powerfully it will reach those who either need our help or would like to support us in our purpose of building better futures for people in horticulture and their families.”
Peter Newman, Chief Executive, Perennial
A garden designed with love
Richard believes that gardens are a gift of love between those who create and nurture them and those who visit and enjoy them. And we couldn’t agree more, our work cherishes everyone who works with plants, grass, trees and flowers – the very people who shape and nurture the green spaces that we all love and enjoy. So, The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’ is the perfect way for Richard and Perennial to join forces.
It’s a design that has been in Richard’s head for many years and now gets its chance to wow the public. This stunning garden is sheltered on all sides and above, creating a private enclave for visitors. It reintroduces the tradition of taking a walk around a garden and enjoying it with all of our senses.
Hornbeam hedging gently encloses the garden providing a feeling of shelter and security. Eight, flat-topped, hawthorn trees provide structure, symmetry and repetition and flank the central rill. Four multi-stem Parrotia persica trees add a natural sculptural element and contrast with clipped domes of Taxus baccata and Prunus lusitanica. The predominantly green palette is softened by gentle soft white and plum tones in the underplanting and borders.
The road to Chelsea
The main avenue show garden is a first for both Richard and Perennial and we’re looking forward to achieving our long-held ambition together.
Richard’s first RHS Chelsea experience was in his early 20s when it was still possible to get hold of a wristband and get stuck in on-site during the build phase. Now, to top off an international garden design career that has spanned 26 years, Richard is showcasing everything he’s learned and presenting his design at the world’s most famous flower show.
Perennial’s path to main avenue has also extended over quarter of a century. Building on our previous successes with show gardens elsewhere and floral exhibits at RHS Chelsea, this is an opportunity beyond our wildest dreams. With the reach and profile of the event we will be able to focus our 2022 fundraising campaigns on the show garden. We’re looking forward to raising awareness of Perennial with RHS Chelsea visitors, attracting new supporters and reaching people in horticulture who may need us. All of this has been made possible by an anonymous donor who has funded the show garden.
Richard’s 26-year career has translated into gardens for a dacha in Moscow, a villa in Sardinia, a country garden in Norfolk, a newly-built Palladian mansion in Surrey and numerous town gardens in London. He’s been named among the top 10 garden designers by House and Garden Magazine, been invited to design a show and a feature garden for The Daily Telegraph/House and Garden Fair, and was chosen to represent the UK at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki. Today, his busy and expanding London practice continues to attract a stream of high-profile projects.
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