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London Square Community Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Sanctuary Garden
May 2023 


James was delighted to be back at Chelsea Flower Show in May 2023 with experienced developer London Square in the Sanctuary garden category with a garden 12x6m.

About the garden:

The story behind this garden began at a London-wide Open Gardens Weekend where event sponsors London Square
were inspired by the volunteers on the Doddington estate in Battersea, who had created a half-acre community garden
using donated trees, shrubs, perennials and edibles – a green oasis tucked between the tower blocks.

Bringing together a community is the thread running through this garden, where people can meet, relax, share food and connect with nature. Two distinct areas combine to make this happen.

There’s a welcoming meeting space under a pergola with an outdoor kitchen, a big communal table inset with chess and draughts boards and individually styled upcycled chairs by The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades furniture restorers, with raised beds containing edible herbs and vegetables for cooking, all grown by Jon Wheatley and Terry Porter.


In a peaceful planted area, a large swing seat in dappled shade is an idyllic spot to chat or daydream or read a book from the garden bookcase.  Planting here is lush and green with a sprinkling of flowering species and more sun loving plants towards the front of the garden. 

In a loop back to its inception, after the show elements of the London Square Community Garden will be relocated to the Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden in Battersea, reflecting London Square’s commitment to promoting green spaces for local communities. In fact many volunteers from the roof garden helped with the implementation of the planting during the build process and this made the garden all the more special.

The Landscaping Consultants who have significant experience building award winning gardens at Chelsea constructed the the garden and we were delighted to achieve a Gold Medal together.  This was my first time being judged on a show garden making it all the more special.  

Sponsor - London Square Developments

London Square


Contractor - The Landscaping Consultants

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Doddington & Rollo Roof Garden Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden – A free community space for the residents and community to enjoy. (

Planting - Hortus Loci

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Trees - Deepdale Trees

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Swing Seat - Gaze Burvill

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Lighting - Landscape Plus

Joinery - Alan Hayward Joinery

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Paving  - Johnsons Wellfield

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Dining Table - Diespeker

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Feature Chairs - Jay & Co

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Produce Planting

Jon Wheatley & Terry Porter

Award Winning Gardens in Bristol & Bath - Stonebarn Landscapes

Metal work - Surrey Ironcraft

Surrey Ironcraft

Plant List

Alchemilla epipsila

Amsonia tabernaemontana salic

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Greenapples' 

Asarum europaeum

Asplenium scolopendrium

Asplenium trichomanes

Astrantia Roma

Baptisia 'Sparkling Sapphires' 

Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Betty Bowring'

Carex morrowii irish green

Carex divulsa 

Centaurea montana Grandiflora

Centranthus ruber Albus

Cyrtomium falcatum

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Dicentra formosa Aurora

Dryopteris affinis

Epimedium rubrum Galadriel

Erigeron karvinskianus 

Frageria vesca

Gaura lindheimeri

Geranium Johnsons blue

Geranium phaeum 'Album'

Gilenia trifoliata

Hakonechola macra

Hosta Devon Green

Hosta Halcyon

Kirengeshoma palmata

Mahonia soft caress

Nepeta neptune

Pachysandra terminalis

Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours' 

Piminella major 'Rosea'

Polypodium vulgare

Polystichum aculeatum

Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum tsussimense

Polytichum polyblepharum

Sagina subulata

Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'

Sarcococca confusa 

Seslaria nitida 

Stipa tenuissima

Thalictrum 'Nimbus White'

Thymus serpyllum Magic Carpet

Thymus vulgaris Compactus

Trachelospermum jasminoides 


Amelanchier lamarckii

Cornus kousa Chinensis

Malus Toringo

Magolia sieboldii


Carpinus betulus

Pond Plants

Iris versicolor 

Juncus effusus 

Baldellia ranunculoides 

Hippuris vulgaris 

Salvinia Natans floating aquatic

Aponogeton Distachyos 


Mixed Herbs & Vegetables 

Kohl rabi









Chocolate mint

Lemon verbena

Mixed Thyme

Curry plant




Salad leaves

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