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Warners Distillery Garden

Esteemed garden designer, Helen Elks-Smith, is creating a Show Garden on Main Avenue for the first time for Warner’s Distillery.

Warner’s Distillery Garden by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The award-winning garden designer is using inspiration from the natural springs at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire – the home of the Warner’s Distillery. Said to be built 'on rock and water', the naturally occurring springs and aquifers of Falls Farm inspired a playful and imaginative water feature, that appears and disappears throughout the garden.

Warner’s Distillery Garden by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Regionally-sourced natural stone and materials will anchor the design which contains a complex cantilevered roof and supporting structure. Oxford-based artist, Wendy Newhofer, is creating bespoke, hand crafted glass panels which will feature a blue tint created from copper reacting with the glass – inspired by the distillation process that takes place at the farm.

Warner’s Distillery Garden by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Taking inspiration from the linear terracing of the old Manor House, garden, and rural landscape at Falls Farm, an enclosure has been designed for relaxed entertaining with views to the wider landscape beyond and underpinned by subtle, textural planting.

Warner’s Distillery Garden by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The garden will feature planting such as Juniperus Communis - an evergreen conifer which has berries that are used to flavour gin; Crataegus Persimilis 'Prunifolia' - a broad-leaved cockspur thorn; mixed native hedging - an important part of English countryside and Rosmarinus officinalis – which will be used on site to garnish gin and tonics.

Warner’s Distillery Garden by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The garden will provide a relaxed space for socialising and engaging with family and friends, and central to the design is an impressive sheltered courtyard referencing the tranquil setting of Falls Farm. Situated on Main Avenue, the garden’s central column will include elements of copper and water inspired by the internal process that occurs in 'Curiosity' - the still that creates the six famed Warner’s gin variants.

Plant list

Shady planting

Asplenium scolopendrium
Dryopteris affinis
Digitalis grandiflora
Polystichum setiferum
Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'
Luzula nivea
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
Digitalis purpurea
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Silene fimbriata
Tellima grandiflora Rubra Group
Geranium nodosum
Sesleria autumnalis
Geum triflorum
Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'
Phlox divaricata 'White Perfume'

Sunny planting

Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Santolina rosmarinifolia subsp. rosmarinifolia 'Primrose Gem'
Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'
Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'
Digitalis ferruginea
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Poa labillardierei
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp's Upright'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Hebe pinguifolia 'Sutherlandii'
Dianthus carthusianorum
Digitalis parviflora 'Milk Chocolate'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Valeriana officinalis
Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Iris 'Quechee'
Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape'
Alchemilla sericata 'Gold Strike'
Verbascum rupestre
Iris 'Benton Caramel'

Trees

Taxus baccata
Pyrus communis 'Conference'
Juniperus communis
Crataegus x lavalleei 'Carrierei'
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'

Hedges

Viburnum opulus
Acer campestre
Corylus avellana
Sambucus nigra
Crataegus monogyna

Wildflowers & Hedgerows

Prunella vulgaris
Achillea millefolium
Primula veris
Luzula nivea
Silene dioica
Digitalis purpurea
Knautia arvensis
Plantago lanceolata
Anthriscus sylvestris
Campanula rotundifolia

Plants on the Roof and Building

Euphorbia myrsinites
Thymus serpyllum
Saxifraga Southside Seedling Group
Rhodiola pachyclados
Thymus citriodorus
Sedum spurium 'Tricolor'
Armeria juniperifolia 'Bevan's Variety'
Calamintha nepeta
Allium schoenoprasum
Designed by Helen Elks-Smith

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