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The Resilience Garden

The garden, created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle, underlines that we need to increase tree cover, diversify planting and follow biosecurity guidelines to help protect our landscapes from climate change, pests and diseases.

The Resilience Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcases a sensational variety of plants and trees including a giant redwood, monkey puzzle, prickly pear cactus, red yucca, and ginkgo.

The Resilience Garden created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The centre piece is a seven metre tall grain silo, repurposed as the designer’s studio and adorned with a willow weaving by sculptor Tom Hare.

The Resilience Garden created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Areas of the garden include woodland, dry and damp zones, a pond and wildflower meadow. The plants and trees have been selected to thrive in different habitats, which mimic existing and probable effects of climate change.

The Resilience Garden created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The project, initiated by the William Robinson Gravetye Charity, is inspired by visionary horticulturist William Robinson. Robinson is celebrated for championing a wilder and more natural approach to landscape design, and experimented with native and exotic trees at Gravetye Manor.

The Resilience Garden created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Resilience Garden forms part of year-long celebration of 100 years of forestry in Britain.

The Resilience Garden created by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Forestry Commission, established in 1919, is planting more diverse woodlands and trialling how different tree species fair in diverse climatic conditions. This includes sourcing seeds from between two and five degrees south of a planting site to ensure forests are resilient to climate warming.

Plant list

Small trees

Rhus typhina 'Dissecta'
Acer campestre
Carpinus betulus
Viburnum lantana
Cornus sanguinea
Corylus avellana
Euonymus europaeus
Ligustrum vulgare
Crataegus monogyna
Rhus typhina

Trees

Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Ginkgo biloba
Cryptomeria japonica
Araucaria araucana
Liriodendron tulipifera
Juglans nigra
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Tilia henryana
Zelkova serrata

 

Woodland planting

Clematis integrifolia white-flowered
Fragaria vesca
Aspidistra elatior
Geranium phaeum
Disporum longistylum 'Night Heron'
Chrysosplenium macrophyllum
Carex sylvatica
Schefflera taiwaniana
Pachysandra axillaris 'Crug's Cover'

 

Dry zone planting

Aloe vera
Chondropetalum elephantinum
Geum triflorum
Dasylirion wheeleri

 

Damp or waterlogged planting

Darmera peltata
Euphorbia palustris
Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'
Equisetum hyemale
Trollius europaeus
Calamagrostis epigejos

 

Meadow planting

Geum 'Prinses Juliana'
Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus
Linum perenne
Euphorbia seguieriana subsp. niciciana
Briza media
Aquilegia vulgaris
Geum 'Fire Storm'
Ridolfia segetum
Hesperaloe parviflora
Eschscholzia californica 'Ivory Castle'

 

Pond area planting

Dryopteris erythrosora
Asplenium trichomanes
Geum rivale 'Album'
Pellaea rotundifolia
Doodia media
Designed by Sarah Eberle

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