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The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC

By garden designer Chris Beardshaw. This garden reflects the Morgan Stanley’s longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of children and aims to raise awareness of the NSPCC, the firm’s current charity partner and leading children’s charity in the U.K.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Chris Beardshaw

Chris, who in 2018 is celebrating 20 years exhibiting show gardens, began the design process for the garden in July 2017 when he visited the NSPCC to meet some of its practitioners and to learn more about the diverse range of work and day to day challenges the charity faces in its fight for every childhood.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Chris Beardshaw

The garden design provides a metaphor for the emotional transition that takes place in a child as they experience the positive impact of the NSPCC’s work. At the start of the garden, the direction of the path is unclear. It moves through a sheltered and densely planted woodland space, filled with a variety of shrubs, including a selection of acid loving rhododendrons and azaleas, shaded by the canopy of large specimen trees.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Chris Beardshaw

As the path reaches a corner, it turns to reveal a more open and tranquil space ahead, planted with soft textured perennials in velvety shades of blues, pinks and purples. The path then steps up to a bespoke cedar wood pavilion, which is enclosed at the rear by a calm and reflective canal.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Chris Beardshaw

The pavilion has been designed by Chris and features a series of moveable screens which can be closed to create greater privacy and to offer differing vistas of the garden. Looking back out from the pavilion, the garden provides a safe, secure and rich sensory environment.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by garden designer Chris Beardshaw

Plant list

Herbaceous

Caltha palustris
Acanthus mollis
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Kirengeshoma palmata
Tellima grandiflora
Euphorbia palustris
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
Helleborus argutifolius
Lamium orvala
Epimedium x rubrum
Asarum europaeum
Corydalis flexuosa 'China Blue'
Dodecatheon meadia
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Hosta 'Devon Green'
Geranium nodosum
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'
Pulmonaria 'Cotton Cool'

 

Ferns

Athyrium filix-femina
Osmunda regalis
Polystichum setiferum
Polystichum setiferum 'Dahlem Group'
Blechnum spicant
Cyrtomium falcatum
Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens'
Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustatum'

 

Grasses

Luzula nivea
Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Feesey'
Carex muskingumensis
Hakonechloa macra
Luzula sylvatica

 

Trees

Amelanchier lamarckii
Betula nigra
Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala

 

Shrubs

Styrax japonicus
Enkianthus campanulatus

 

Bulbs

Ornithogalum nutans
Nectaroscordum siculum
Convallaria majalis var. rosea
Cortusa matthioli