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The Wedgwood Garden

Designed by Jo Thompson. Classicism meets modernism in this garden which references Etruria, Wedgwood’s eighteenth century factory and village built for workers, where forward-thinking elements of corporate social responsibility were first shown by Josiah Wedgwood.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

A key component within this garden is water. Watercourses and canals formed an integral part of Etruria and were fundamental to the functionality of production and industry.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

A channel of water traverses the space at ground-level, with an elevated water chute along one series of arches. Revealed beneath a structural glazed floor panel, a secret sunken level appears below the garden.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Contained within this subterranean space are artefacts that reference the collection of antiquities, which in turn inspired some of Wedgwood’s original and ground-breaking designs.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

A garden where modern materials encounter classical motifs and elements of repetition and minimalism unite, the design details reflect the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Wedgwood founder as the Wedgwood story continues.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The garden will feature a mass planting of Ferula communisin dry areas and Valeriana pyrenaicamixed with many roses elsewhere.

The Wedgwood Garden by garden designer Jo Thompson Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Feature trees include tall Taxodium distichum.

Plant list

Ferns

Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris wallichiana
Osmunda regalis
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Dryopteris cycadina

Perrenials

Angelica archangelica
Centranthus ruber 'Albus'
Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
Tellima grandiflora
Alchemilla erythropoda
Verbascum 'Helen Johnson'
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Astrantia major 'Alba'
Astrantia major 'Primadonna'
Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Carex muskingumensis
Hosta 'Devon Green'
Valeriana officinalis
Deschampsia cespitosa
Thalictrum 'Elin'
Valeriana pyrenaica
Heuchera 'Green Ivory'
Geranium x oxonianum 'Katherine Adele'
Geranium x oxonianum 'Lace Time'
Paeonia 'Pink Hawaiian Coral'
Aruncus 'Guinea Fowl'

Bulbs

Nectaroscordum siculum

Shrubs

Rosa 'Buff Beauty'
Rosa 'Bonica'
Rosa 'Julia's Rose'
Euphorbia x pasteurii

Annuals

Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Ammi majus
Daucus carota 'Dara'
Eschscholzia californica 'Ivory Castle'
Phlox drummondii 'Creme Brulee'