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M & G Garden

Cleve West used the memory of an Ancient Oak Woodland as Inspiration for M&G at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

M & G Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

M&G Investments, the title sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2010 and a leading international asset manager, commissioned award-winning Cleve West as its garden designer for a second time in 2016. The inspiration for the 2016 M&G Garden was the moment that Cleve fell in love with the timeless rugged landscape of South West England. Cleve tapped into his memories of teenage beguilement with the rocks and woods of Exmoor. The design payed contemporary homage to the landscape that made such an early impression on Cleve.

M & G Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The centrepiece of the garden was a sunken terrace and pool in grey sandstone, sourced from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Edges are sharp and the layout geometric, the essence of modern design. The garden featured a stone and gravel path through woodland edge planting, leading past stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path. The path, a metaphor for the designer's own journey into garden design, started with rough stone and gravel.

M & G Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Cleve West, garden designer said: "I am extremely happy to be working with M&G Investments for a second time. For the 2016 garden, I am seeking to capture that moment in my youth when I was first inspired by the natural landscape and then take that memory and use contemporary design to create a garden that blends both ancient and modern, past and present. Designing for M&G has been a hugely enjoyable experience in the past and I will be working with a fantastic team this year to bring our vision to life. Sponsoring RHS Chelsea for this many years has enabled M&G to make a real difference in horticulture, particularly in helping to inspire more young people to get in to gardening which is a wonderful thing."

M & G Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016


Plant list:

Cardamine pratensis
Meconopsis cambrica
Viola cornuta
Iris foetidissima
Libertia grandiflora
Ligustrum lucidum
Asarum europaeum
Fragaria vesca
Silene fimbriata
Mukdenia rossii
Hosta 'Devon Green'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Acanthus mollis Latifolius Group 'Rue Ledan'
Disporopsis pernyi
Campanula persicifolia
Digitalis lutea
Trollius x cultorum 'Cheddar'
Valeriana pyrenaica
Aquilegia chrysantha
Polygonatum verticillatum
Thalictrum delavayi 'Album'
Geum 'Lisanne'
Veronica petraea 'Madame Mercier'
Epimedium 'Amanogawa'
Lunaria annua 'Chedglow'
Ranunculus acris 'Citrinus'
Zizia aurea
Quercus pubescens



Asplenium trichomanes
Dryopteris filix-mas
Blechnum spicant
Asplenium scolopendrium Cristatum Group
Polypodium vulgare 'Bifidomultifidum'
Polystichum setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group



Deschampsia flexuosa
Melica altissima 'Alba'
Briza media 'Golden Bee'



Muscari armeniacum
Allium neapolitanum Cowanii Group
Camassia leichtlinii 'Semiplena'
Nectaroscordum siculum
Paradisea lusitanica



Taenidia integerrima