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The London Square Community Garden Chelsea 2023

Project Type

Show Garden


Chelsea, London

James was delighted to be back at Chelsea Flower Show in May 2023 with experienced developer London Square winning a GOLD Medal in the Sanctuary garden category. This was James's first judged garden and the whole team were delighted with the result. We were also fortunate to be visited by King Charles & Queen Camilla, a truly memorable and proud moment.

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.

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.

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

​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 with Fabrics by Clarke & Clarke

​Produce Planting- Jon Wheatley & Terry Porter

​Metal work - Surrey Ironcraft

Wood Fired Oven - Morso

Pizza Oven - Garden House Design & Delivita

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

Rosa Filipes Brenda Colvin
Trachelospermum jasminoides

Iris versicolor 
Iris pseudacorus
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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