Laurent-Perrier prepares to blossom at the RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show
Here at Champagne Laurent-Perrier we are excitedly preparing to showcase our 15th Show Garden at this year’s prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. If the date isn’t already in your diary, the show runs from 21-25 May and tickets can now only be found in select packages!
Since 1913 the Royal Horticultural Society has showcased the best in garden design on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital and this centenary year will be no exception. Celebrating this milestone at Chelsea our Show Garden will be one of the 15 feature gardens, lining up to wow visitors and ultimately, win the coveted Gold Medal and Best in Show.
The man charged with producing the 2013 Laurent-Perrier Garden is award-winning Swedish garden designer Ulf Nordfjell. Ulf is renowned for his unique modern designs inspired by Swedish nature. He has previously created two gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, winning Gold on both occasions as well as Best in Show in 2009. The garden will combine Ulf’s contemporary take on modern minimalism and romance, whilst acknowledging the heritage of our Champagne House and the prestige of the show.
The composition, materials, trees and shrubs demonstrate a French style of landscaping, influenced by the terroirs of the Champagne region, whilst paying homage to its Chelsea setting by using perennials commonly found in English Gardens. All our plants and materials have been sustainably sourced and will be sold or recycled after the event.
Make sure to follow the progress of the building of our garden as the Crocus team will be updating readers with a behind the scenes look at creating a Show Garden.
Laurent-Perrier is the official Champagne of the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is the champagne of the 2013 Chelsea Garden – the ideal Champagne to welcome summer.
Shadowing the themes of the iconic French and Swedish gardens, Ulf has chosen simple materials such as stone, wood and metal, complemented by perennials in a colour palette of soft pinks and blues, as well as creamy oranges, yellows and whites. Ulf’s style of combining architecture and design, with horticulture and sustainability is evident throughout the garden and plants have been chosen that will thrive in the English climate and add beauty across the seasons.
The garden is partially divided by a low travertine wall, which separates two levels. Pergola arches on the terrace create a focal point and, as if springing from an underground source, the designer uses a rectangular pool, resembling that in La Louve, as a stream of water gushes in.
A bronze sculpture of Orpheus, the master of music and song in Greek mythology, by internationally renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, is on loan from the Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, giving the garden an enigmatic atmosphere.
The planting itself provides the structure of the garden. Cypress Oak (Quercus fastigiata ‘Koster’) is used in old espalier forms, as a backdrop, as well as towering spires, giving height to the garden. Specially shaped shrubs (Taxus baccata and Enkiathus perulatus) and lavender, both clipped and unclipped, provide a light geometry that contrasts with elegant Gleditsia trees. Perennials will be planted in blocks in different layers, including Iris, Viola, Dianthus, Stipa and Verbascum in full sun and Thalictrum, Gillenia, Aruncus and Anemones in half shade.
We’re sure the garden will be a real crowd stopper!