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Cloudy Bay Garden

Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, explores the notion of escape in its fourth RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 created by celebrated, young landscape designer Sam Ovens.

Cloudy Bay Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Cloudy Bay, the pioneering winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, explores the notion of escape in its fourth RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 created by celebrated, young landscape designer Sam Ovens. The garden is designed without borders and is the perfect place to escape to with a glass of wine in hand. It is inspired by Cloudy Bay’s 30-year heritage using nature as a source of its winemaking inspiration. The layers of complexity that make up the signature Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines are alluded to throughout the design.

Cloudy Bay Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The Marlborough terroir, with its micro-climates and diverse soil types that deliver the intricacies of flavour and aroma are represented throughout the planting which is made up primarily of heathers, pines and grasses. A timber cabin, boardwalk and deck are the mains features of the garden with its pontoon-like quality, which provides a sense of setting sail and drifting away. Constructed from western red cedar timber the natural material exudes the quality and essence of Cloudy Bay, whose mission it is to share the simple luxuries in life, such as savouring a quality wine drinking experience, which has been inspired by nature.

Cloudy Bay Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

In its powerful simplicity and intricacy, the garden demonstrates the value and relationship that nature has to the winemaking process, whilst enabling those who explore it and enjoy the wine to ‘sail away’ from the busyness of life. The design has biographical references as Sam draws on the wildness and rawness of the Cornish landscape, where he was brought up, to evoke a sense of escape.

Cloudy Bay Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Commenting on his design, Sam ovens, landscape designer says, “People love to escape to their gardens. They realign themselves with nature, unearth themselves from a state of mind there. The Cloudy Bay Garden explores a freedom that has no bounds, providing a sense of escape that can take us anywhere. I’ve really enjoyed exploring a process, which starts in the wild with the earth, and is guided by nature. Similar to the winemaker at Cloudy Bay, my main source of inspiration is the environment, both the natural one and the man made.”

Plant List:

Arbutus unedo
Dryopteris filix-mas
Potentilla fruticosa 'Primrose Beauty'
Polystichum setiferum
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'
Agapanthus africanus
Blechnum spicant
Potentilla x tonguei
Erica cinerea 'Hookstone White'
Galium odoratum
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Cytisus 'Boskoop Ruby'
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Fontane'
Vaccinium myrtillus
Calluna vulgaris 'Hammondii Aureifolia'
Pinus mugo
Deschampsia cespitosa
Sesleria caerulea
Salvia pratensis
Campanula rotundifolia
Geranium sanguineum 'Glenluce'
Succisa pratensis
Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus 'Thomas's White'
Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb and Custard'
Cirsium rivulare 'Trevor's Blue Wonder'
Dactylorhiza purpurella
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Tsetseguun'
Ophrys apifera
Platanthera chlorantha