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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was back this year, albeit with an unfamiliar September date. This is the world’s most prestigious flower show and showcases the best in garden design.

Highlights included Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith artisan garden celebrating Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary, with an emotive, wildflower garden. With its dog-friendly planting, this was a simple but striking and memorable garden.

Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary

Paul Hervey Brookes mentored five designers in the new Container Gardens category. Each garden was just 4m x 3m, enclosed by hedging with a gravel or slate floor:

The Hot Tin Roof Garden designed by Ellie Edkins evoked beach life, but designed for an urban area. While John McPherson’s Pop Street Garden was vibrant and playful, inspired by pop art. The IBC Pocket Forest designed by Sara Edwards was reminiscent of Milan’s Bosco Verticale. Mika Misawa created a little slice of Japan with her Tranquil Space in the City garden. While the thoughtful Stolen Soul Garden from Anna Dabrowska-Jaudi drew attention to ‘invisible’ mental health issues.

Hot Tin Roof Garden

Pop Street Garden

Over in the Great Pavillion, Dave Green created the Mains2Rains installation in the discovery zone with its important conversation on water management in gardens.

Practicality Brown supplied Practical Instant Hedge™ to these gardens, either forming green backdrops or within the design concept itself

Tranquil Space in the City Garden


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Thu 11 Jul 2024

Ever wanted to make your own jewellery or lampshade? Or fancied a go at printing or making a floral wreath? You can do all of these and more at Summer School, a series of creative workshops the Coaching Barn near Wallingford on the weekends of 20th/21st and 27th/28th of July.

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Tue 2 Jul 2024

Wild Goose Theatre returned to the Oxford Castle for their fourteenth year of outdoor performance. Their programme this year takes Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and places this comedy of love triangles and mistaken identity in the austere grounds of the Castle development.

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Mon 1 Jul 2024

Meet Dan Spindler

Creative Director at Fyne Associations and his ox, Claude

Joining the herd in Oxford this summer is Claude, one of the ox within the mini herd in Oxford forming part of the OX Trail. Esther Lafferty spoke to Dan to find out about the concept behind Dan’s design.

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Mon 1 Jul 2024

Helen Edwards will be exhibiting at The North Wall, Oxford from 3 July-10 August. She is as an artist, integrative arts psychotherapist, eco-somatic therapist, and dancer, having trained in environmental art and dance in the UK, Europe, Japan and Indonesia.