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Anton Chekhov's Garden

By garden designers Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner. A Russian-themed garden based on the country estate near Moscow where Anton Chekhov, one of Russia’s greatest writers, wrote his famous play The Seagull.

Anton Chekhov's Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designers Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner

Also a doctor, Chekhov treated patients here and was a very keen gardener. The Russian word for ‘garden’ is ‘orchard’ and he planted many fruit trees. It is designed to be viewed as Chekhov would have looked out onto it from his wooden verandah.

Anton Chekhov's Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designers Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner

Chekhov’s table sits amid the apple trees in a tall meadow: grasses, crops, flowers and medicinal herbs intermingle. Silver birch and conifers at the boundaries suggest the landscape beyond.

Anton Chekhov's Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designers Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner

The garden is a place of tranquillity set within a rich natural backdrop. It references the traditional Russian dacha garden, bursting in a ramshackle manner with flowers and crops, as well as the meadows and woodland beyond.

Anton Chekhov's Garden Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 by garden designers Anna Benn and Hannah Gardner

Herbalism, which has traditionally played a very strong part in Russian medicine and culture is illustrated in the many medicinal plants grown here.

Plant list

Trees

Pinus sylvestris
Betula pendula
Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling'

 

Shrubs

Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay'
Juniperus communis

 

Herbaceous

Vinca minor
Digitalis ferruginea
Melissa officinalis
Allium sphaerocephalon
Anethum graveolens
Foeniculum vulgare
Thymus serpyllum
Origanum vulgare
Salvia officinalis
Hypericum perforatum
Althaea officinalis
Angelica gigas
Sanguisorba officinalis
Mentha x piperita
Cucumis sativus
Plantago major 'Rubrifolia'
Stachys officinalis
Daucus carota
Symphytum x uplandicum
Filipendula ulmaria
Valeriana officinalis
Patrinia scabiosifolia
Trifolium pratense
Inula helenium
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
Deschampsia cespitosa
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Thalictrum 'Elin'
Bupleurum falcatum
Cichorium intybus
Phlox paniculata 'Uspekh'
Glycyrrhiza glabra
Calendula officinalis
Verbascum lychnitis