London Square Community Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show Sanctuary Garden
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
Contractor - The Landscaping Consultants
Doddington & Rollo Roof Garden - Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden – A free community space for the residents and community to enjoy. (drgardens.org)
Planting - Hortus Loci
Trees - Deepdale Trees
Swing Seat - Gaze Burvill
Lighting - Landscape Plus
Joinery - Alan Hayward Joinery
Paving - Johnsons Wellfield
Dining Table - Diespeker
Feature Chairs - Jay & Co
Jon Wheatley & Terry Porter
Metal work - Surrey Ironcraft
Amsonia tabernaemontana salic
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Greenapples'
Baptisia 'Sparkling Sapphires'
Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Betty Bowring'
Carex morrowii irish green
Centaurea montana Grandiflora
Centranthus ruber Albus
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
Dicentra formosa Aurora
Epimedium rubrum Galadriel
Geranium Johnsons blue
Geranium phaeum 'Album'
Hosta Devon Green
Mahonia soft caress
Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours'
Piminella major 'Rosea'
Thalictrum 'Nimbus White'
Thymus serpyllum Magic Carpet
Thymus vulgaris Compactus
Cornus kousa Chinensis
Salvinia Natans floating aquatic
Mixed Herbs & Vegetables