NT Killingley Completes 2 Gardens for the RHS at Chatsworth
After a busy couple of weeks at the stunning Chatsworth House, NT Killingley has put the finishing touches to the Living Laboratory and Long Borders exhibits.
This year we are very proud to have been involved in two gardens:
New to this year's show is a competition to create iconic borders that showcase the theme of movement. The Long Borders competition was open to students, garden designers, community groups and talented individuals, with the top eight being featured at the show. The Long Borders, planted inside raised sleeper beds, feature high summer colour and masses of inspiration for visiting gardeners to take home and adapt to suit their own garden space.
The Living Laboratory
Designed by Dave Green for the RHS the exhibit recognises the vital role plants play within the city. Plants and technology are being displayed to highlight how different varieties can help address a number of urban challenges including pollution, flooding and food scarcity The five themed zones: food, flooding, pollution, exercise and well-being will all show how plants can be used and the environmental
and health benefits they bring to urban living. All the zones in the lab are based on research and gardening practices currently being undertaken by the RHS and its collaborators and all include great ideas that visitors can implement in their own gardens both now and in the future.
The Living Laboratory features wildflower turfing and semi-mature trees from Majestic Trees to the exterior. The interior to one side has a Leeson Polyurethanes PU Anti-Skid for Roads 2-1 surface. A high performance, flexible polyurethane based anti-skid system for installation onto asphalt and concrete substrates. The system gives a hard wearing anti-skid surface approved for all Type 1 Roads by the BBA and is also suitable for cycle paths, walkways, driveways and paths.
The other side of the dome features a mixed rubber and aggregate path edged with Canterra Flags from Acheson + Glover. The Canterra flags are the perfect choice for pathways, patio and pedestrian walkways and are finished with a beautiful non-slip brushed surface. To complement this we have laid the Acheson + Glover Granaza Flags in the pond area to create a base for one of the fountains.
The team has also completed a number of different flower beds including a living wall that illustrates how plants can be used and explain what impact they have on the environment and the health benefits they bring to urban living. All the zones in the lab are based on research undertaken by the RHS and its collaborators, and all include ideas that can be used in your own garden spaces, both now and in the future.
Dave Green, RHS Show & Project Manager said "We’re really pleased to be able to partner with Killingleys at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show again this year, their professional approach and extensive expertise will ensure that the Living Laboratory exhibit is delivered to the highest standards”