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Tom Dixon and IKEA Garden

Tom Dixon and IKEA are curious to see how we can make a positive impact on what we put on our plates, and hence our planet by exploring urban growing. Through our garden, we will use democratic design principles to develop sustainable food growth and consumption within our homes and urban communities.

Because healthy food should be available to many people. The garden explores the dichotomy of the hyper-natural and hypertech to encourage an independent approach to gardening.

The ground level of the garden is a horticultural laboratory. Here, hydroponic and aeroponic technology is shown to grow edibles and plants. 

Tom Dixon and IKEA Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The second level of the garden is an oasis of greenery, with a naturalistic aesthetic. The elevated garden encourages visitors to immerse themselves in a canopy-like ecosystem. Upon first impression, the garden looks like a natural hillside landscape. On closer inspection, the viewer can see a subterranean, and futuristic high-tech garden is at play. IKEA and Tom Dixon are curious about the future of growing and eating. Food is a crucial part of everyday life and we want to inspire people to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle by growing food that has a positive impact on both people and the planet. Together, Tom Dixon and IKEA explore how we can provide sustainable, affordable and forward-thinking solutions that people can use to grow food at home and beyond.

Tom Dixon and IKEA Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Being at the Chelsea Flower Show, provides the opportunity to share their passion, to learn from experts and to interact with people. For IKEA and Tom Dixon, being at Chelsea Flower Show is not about the beauty of a garden, it´s about bringing attention to the future of the environment and the importance of growing food locally.

They want visitors to feel inspired to grow and harvest their own food within their homes and communities. They want to communicate that it’s both possible, affordable and rewarding to have a place to grow your own food in the city. The visitor should take back the insight that urban growing creates a better everyday life for them and a positive impact on society and the planet. 

Tom Dixon and IKEA Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The garden is a dialogue between traditional planting methods and futuristic ways of horticulture. The raised garden is comprised of crates that are planted into. This is an idea that can translate into a very small area such as a balcony, as well as be scaled up to serve an entire community. The nature of the system lends itself to the Square Foot Gardening method, which maximises the yield available from a small space. It is a very intensive way of gardening but is ideal for urban edibles. This will be demonstrated in the crates that sit alongside the raised platform seating area. The more naturalistic planting will still contain edibles, but the method demonstrated throughout these crates are inspired by the Forest Gardening method, which is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables. We are also incorporating annual vegetables, edible flowers and plants with medicinal properties. This is to show that low maintenance areas can still be productive, beautiful and fantastic for supporting wildlife.

Tom Dixon and IKEA Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2019

By contrast, the base layer utilises hydroponic technology to grow a diverse array of edibles. The technology allows plants to be grown indoors under controlled environments all year round. It will include a range of edibles including micro greens and fungi.

Plant list


Mespilus germanica
Morus nigra
Betula pendula
Corylus avellana
Cydonia oblonga



Viburnum opulus
Salvia officinalis
Rosa canina
Rosa 'Nevada'
Sambucus nigra
Ruscus aculeatus
Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Red'
Ribes rubrum 'Rovada'
Crataegus monogyna
Rosmarinus officinalis (Prostratus Group) 'Capri'
Ribes rubrum 'Blanka'
Vaccinium myrtillus
Thymus pulegioides


Raised Garden Zone

Angelica archangelica
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Viola odorata
Myrrhis odorata
Prunella vulgaris
Anethum graveolens
Anthriscus cerefolium
Coriandrum sativum
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Allium schoenoprasum
Origanum vulgare
Petroselinum crispum
Galium odoratum
Rheum rhabarbarum 'Champagne Early'
Viola tricolor
Eruca sativa
Silybum marianum
Ammi majus
Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
Fragaria vesca
Linum perenne
Allium ursinum
Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'
Sanguisorba minor
Pisum sativum 'Hurst Green Shaft'
Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Redbor'
Chenopodium giganteum
Amaranthus 'Red Army'
Isatis tinctoria
Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'
Anchusa azurea 'Dropmore'
Ligusticum scoticum
Visnaga daucoides
Lactuca sativa 'Merveille de Quatre Saisons'
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'White Silver 2'
Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate'
Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'
Calamintha nepeta
Apium graveolens Secalinum Group
Fragaria x ananassa 'Roman'


Trailing Plants

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Hedera helix
Vitis vinifera


Base Layer of Plants

Melissa officinalis
Anethum graveolens
Coriandrum sativum
Foeniculum vulgare
Ocimum basilicum
Mentha pulegium
Allium tuberosum
Eruca sativa
Brassica rapa var. nipposinica
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Bright Lights'
Rumex sanguineus
Brassica oleracea
Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
Amaranthus 'Red Army'
Pisum sativum 'Twinkle'
Nasturtium officinale
Oxalis acetosella
Apium graveolens Secalinum Group