Fowey garden designer wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
His garden features giant monuments handmade using 40,000 slate tiles, granite flag stones from an old Cornish farmhouse, and boulders for his dry stone wall, which were taken from farms in Callington and Lifton.
Darren grew 6,500 plants for his garden, and used them to create a garden inspired by the Westcountry in May. These included foxgloves, erigeron, cow parsley and ferns, which complement the structures wonderfully. They were also positioned so that the midday sun would illuminate a well beneath one of the platforms in the garden.
In order to create his garden, Darren had a lot of planning to do. It took him two years to create and build the garden, and his first "draft" consisted of a model made from cereal boxes on his kitchen table!
It was then created in plywood, before more than 40,000 pieces of slate were hand cut and delicately glued together to create the surface for his floating platforms. In order to set the garden up at Chelsea, the build required 13 hour days, and took 19 days to complete in its entirety.
Darren has worked in the business for twenty years, and previously lived in London before moving to Fowey ten years ago. After the show is complete, the structural elements will be rehomed at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden in Penzance, and a vast number of plants and trees will go to a respite home run by the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund in Stirling.
Darren has stated that his finished piece looked just like his original drawing, and that it felt just how he wanted it to. Congratulations on your medal Darren!
Photo courtesy of BBC, under Creative Commons