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The Cancer Research UK Garden by Robert Myers (Sample planting plan)

The design takes as its theme the notion of the continual impact Cancer Research UK has on the search to develop better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, and uses it to create a dynamic garden full of movement. (Click here for a sample planting plan and full plants list)

The cancer research uk garden - chelsea 2009

At its epicentre is a sculpture by Simon Thomas, which appears to have crashed into a reflecting pool.

Cancer research uk garden chelsea flower show 2009

The shockwaves ripple out into the garden, radiating across and from the water and spilling onto the paving and lawn. As they travel, they metamorphose from plant to stone and back again, and their sinuous curves are reflected in low stone walls layered through the planting.

Cancer research uk garden chelsea flower show 2009

The garden is dominated by multi-stemmed sumach (Rhus typhina), creating a canopy of dappled shade, below which richly-textured sculptural evergreens and groundcover plants are interspersed with grasses and perennials in pale shades of white, blue and yellow.

The cancer research uk chelsea flower show 2009

It may be playful, but this garden has a practical side. The 'ripples' have a secondary purpose as urban drainage, and the small lawn is planted not with high-maintenance grass, but with Leptinella squalida, a tiny herb from New Zealand.