CAF to create The Giving Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show

first_img  29 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 18 March 2007 | News CAF to create The Giving Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show In the book, the protagonist Max has been sent to bed early without his supperfor bad behaviour and as he slips into sleep, he dreams that his bedroom hasbecome a forest. The focal point of the garden is his bed, which will be plantedup with a camomile lawn, lavender and passiflora, all plants with sleep inducingproperties, to suggest the dreamscape of the story.Bananas are key plants in the garden and a signature plant for Tiggy who usesthem in nearly all the gardens she designs, for the incongruity of seeing alittle bit of the jungle in London. In this garden she has selected them forthe fresh young green paddles, the way they move in the wind, and just when thebig ones start looking a bit tatty and shredded the baby ones are at the ready,waiting to unfurl so there is always more fun to be had! They are friendly,happy plants and just like the wild things they suggest far away, tropicalplaces.Ornamental rhubarb has been chosen for its big, generous leaf size, but also forthe incredible colour and exuberance of the scarlet plumes which defy gravitywhen the specimens are in good health.A passionate rhubarb eater, Tiggy is determined that the rhubarb triangle inYorkshire does not disappear, so using them in her garden is a way of pledgingsupport for this disappearing industry!The beautiful botanical engineering of the umbels of Angelica, supported bytheir magnificent fleshy stems enchanted Tiggy and she chose them to tower abovesmall children and encourage them to really get in amongst them, be overwhelmedand excited by their shapes. Catalpa have gorgeous, friendly heart shapedleaves which create a great mop of a head and the long slender beans are bothfascinating and rather unexpected. Alocasia macrorrhiza, the Giant Elephant’sEar along with the mighty gunnera manicata, are both great plants for kids tohide beneath and be inspired by.For elegance and restraint in this otherwise playful and chaotic garden, thedeep plum and brown ruffles of Iris ‘Quechee’ and Iris ‘Dutch Chocolate’contrast nicely with the glaucous swords of their leaves. Tiggy believes thatfor children, plant names are very important and by describing a colour aschocolate, it is much more evocative than simply brown. Plant nomenclature isalways seductive and who hasn’t been swayed by a good name?The fruit of the artichoke, like the umbels of angelica is an incredible feat ofengineering. Their scales suggest the fangs and talons of the wild things andanticipate their arrival, as do the other somewhat overwhelming shapes and sizesof the other plants. Visitors to the garden will see the possibilities of lightand shade that these plants can create.The CAF garden with all its sumptuous planting along with the current RHSinitiative to highlight the joys of gardening to children will hopefullyencourage more young people to pass through the Chelsea Flower Show turnstilesthis year and in turn inspire them to get planting. The CAF garden isultimately a garden for children and is designed with children over fiveyears in mind (the over fives are permitted to visit the RHS Chelsea FlowerShow).22-26 May 2007. Where are the Wild Things? On The CAF Giving Garden at The Chelsea Flower Show 2007 www.cafonline.org Lovers of touchy-feely, exuberant planting will adore the Charities AidFoundation’s Giving Garden inspired by ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ the cultchildren’s book by Maurice Sendak. Designer Tiggy Salt has created a dreamscapescene from the book for sponsors Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).CAF aims to create a world in which giving to charity is a recognised part ofeveryday life. Through the garden CAF will be able to reach new audiences ofdonors, people who might never have considered giving, and others who could beusing their giving to make even more of an impact. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more