2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Fusion Garden

Silver Gilt winner!

The Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship (CBMS) team have been unveiled their new cutting edge landscaping products in their stunning Urban Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May! The “Bradstone Fusion Garden” is a collaboration by 2010 CBMS Scholar, Maria Luisa Medina, Chris Beardshaw and Bradstone. 

The design aims to challenge people’s preconceptions of concrete as a landscaping material by highlighting its sheer flexibility, creativity and sculptural qualities. As a key focal point in the design the team has also created their first ever bespoke artwork for a garden.  The unique sculpture has been devised in two stand alone sections, which when viewed at a particular vantage point in the garden, unite to form a single shape of a perfect heart.
The show garden marks the grand finale to Maria Luisa’s scholarship year in which she has enjoyed mentoring by Chris, as well as receiving business advice and technical support from Bradstone.

   “ It is rare for a design to be a truly collaborative affair between designers and technical experts but that’s exactly the route I have taken with Maria Luisa and the technical, product development team at Bradstone with this garden. ” - Chris Beardshaw

The Concept

Within the Fusion garden you will discover all the possibilities of concrete for your own garden. The garden will be framed by two stunning curved louvered walls which flow out from a tiled solid wall to create a sinuous and light frame, providing enticing glimpses of the lush planting within. The louvered wall feature was created specifically for Chelsea show from an original concept from Chris Beardshaw to illustrate the story of concrete from its natural beginnings, its composition and its historic uses...

From this idea, Chris and the team have developed the new concept which offers a gardener total flexibility on how to use them, enabling them to control exactly what they want to view and what they want to hide in the garden!

“Unlike previous incarnations of the scholarship garden at Chelsea we have actively set out to not only create a beautiful exhibit but also to create a new concept for the landscaping market which has added an exciting new challenge to the project.” - Chris Beardsaw

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