Design Debate Station in partnership with the RHS.
What is garden design? What is it for? What is the substance behind the style?
Whilst design is something we encounter in every realm of our daily lives, there still exists a lot of confusion around what garden design actually is, and the positive impacts it can have on shaping the world around us.
At the RHS London Plant and Design Show, Cityscapes will be creating a horticultural installation which invites visitors to actively participate in discussions around design. Featuring a greenhouse as a central debating station, visitors will be encouraged to think a bit deeper about design and the relationships between places, people and plants.
Each external wall of the greenhouse will pose a different question for visitors to consider, whilst garden designers and students will actively engage them in conversation around these points, to get them to consider the real purposes of design. Visitors will then be encouraged to write their responses on the glass walls of the greenhouse with marker pen. The greenhouse will gradually evolve over the course of the show, as the graffiti gradually covers it up.
Responses from the public via twitter will also be encouraged, and will be posted upon the glass panes of the green house. At the end of the show all the responses will be analysed, documented and utilised for future display.
Installation plants from Trewidden nursery
Aeonium x domesticum 'Variegatum'
Greenhouse: Harrod Horticultural
Typography: Tom Balchin
Growing medium: Hortag by Lytag
In collaboration with:
Society of Garden Designers
London College of Garden Design
Capel Manor College
RHS Plant and Design Show
10.00-19.00 Friday 21 & 10.00-17.00 Saturday 22 February 2014
Designed by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
The garden located in the Britsh Library's piazza compliments the exhibition, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, and is funded by The Sackler Trust.
Temporary and pop-up gardens and pocket parks are becoming an increasingly familiar part of the urban landscape, responding to the demands of population density in cities and the necessity for dynamic and flexible green design. Yet as the Georgeobelisk reveals, the notion of ephemeral gardens is nothing new. Drawing inspiration from ephemeral gardens in the Georgian era, the installation draws a parallel between past and present, revealing the different ways these spaces have been used to engage, educate, entertain, and provide respite from the pressures of daily life.
As a postmodern vision of an Arcadian landscape, the installation mixes serious historical research with an air of kitsch, creatively achieving a balance between natural and artificial elements. The six metre high eye-catcher, covered in faux buxus, evokes the playfulness of temporary theatrical constructions that were popular during the Georgian period to mark special occasions or important historical events.
The three structural obelisks on the Hawksmoor inspired pavilion, denote George II, III and IV. They converge at a central plinth crowned with a plaster bust of George I, whilst suspended inside is a celstial putto representing the most recent Prince George (born 2013). The setting of the Georgeobelisk is intended to convey the character of one of the Georgian period's finest artistic achievements, the 18th-century landscape garden, complete with sheep grazing on artificial turf.
96 Euston Rd
7th November 2013 - 11th March 2014
8.30 - 20.00
Designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio
The fifth Remix Garden saw the designers of the original show garden, Wilson McWilliam Studio, revisted their work to explore the evolution and change the garden had been through in its various interpretations, and to deliver a new final reconfiguration.
This installation, created at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Lindley Hall in London, distilled the constituent parts embodied within the original design into a dramatic and minimally definitive version. Seven central elements were held aloft and raised and lowered in an orchestrated aerial choreography. Below each element was placed a bowl, suggesting a link between their past and their future - apple tree/apples, copper rod/melted copper, ice block/water, plants/seed heads, boulder/gravel, rammed earth wall/earth, paving/concrete rubble.
22nd October - 23rd October 2013
Designed by Daniel Lobb
The fourth Remix Garden presented a concise and intriguing sense of containment.
The concept behind the installation challenged the established notion that a garden is intrinsically linked to its place in the world, grounded and suited to a specific location, by offering an alternative nomadic and transitory approach to garden making. The design used a shipping container to enclose the garden, referencing global trade and the movement of materials from one place to another, and suggesting that a normally rooted garden is now something quite portable, and ready for transit.
The original garden's elements were arranged in an landscape tableaux, with the rammed earth walls, boulders, shrubs and plants, complimented by a stream running the entire length of the container. Skylights in the container's roof created a dynamic shadowplay as the sun moved across the sky during the day, whilst at night the scene was illuminated with interior lighting, giving it a theatrical grotto feel.
The contained view held the viewer’s gaze, blinkering them to the hustle and bustle surrounding the garden.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
2nd October - 22nd October 2013
Designed by Matthew Childs
The third Remix Garden presented a vertically surging display of planting an immersive environment for vistors to explore.
Matthew Childs’ design concept is concerned with the preciousness and scarcity of natural resources, and in particular the idea that 'Water is Life'. In the form of a mash-up, the installation combines both the ideas behind, and the physical elements from the Wilson McWilliam Studio show garden and the Ecover Garden from RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. The latter designed by Matthew Childs, won a Gold medal and the 'Best in Show' award in July 2013. The design suggests that a wide crack has opened up in the paving, and exploding from it are giant galvanised culverts commonly used in construction to divert water courses. They protrude at gentle angles, and from the top a bounty of plants and materials from the two gardens erupt giving dynamism and life to the urban area.
The towering culverts, introduced into the project, with copper rods protuding from them, lifted by garden skywards creating a vertical dialogue with the surrounding architecture. Their placement created an immersive spatial experience for the public to randomly flow through and around, craning to view the planting spilling down from the culverts in places, and greeting them at eye level at others. Boulders created ground level foils, drifting of towards the perimeter wall where the roof canopy appeared to have crash landed from the neighbouring building site, complete with matching venitlation pipes.
The installation created a sense of intrigue, revealing and hiding aspects of itself to visitors, as they discovered it at close range, and from above on the balconies of the Oxo Tower Wharf building.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
11th September - 29th September 2013
Designed by Anoushka Feiler
The second Remix Garden presented an eruption of materials and plants, scattering colour across the courtyard, in a riotous array of colour, form and texture.
The starting point for the concept behind the design was the theme for the brief of the original RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden by Wilson McWilliam Studio - 'always precious, sometimes scarce'. Translating, or rather remixing, this sentiment into another context, Anoushka Feiler drew a parallel with the idea of 'Freedom', something that is also always precious and sometimes scarce. The installation was an explosive scene of plants breaking free from the hard materials, showing how grey urban spaces can be transformed into vibrant green spaces bursting with life, an inspiration to 'free the green'.
The rammed earth walls and boulders created a structural front end structure to the installation. Three large steel cages were introduced into the work, with two of them containing singular shrubs, representing enclosure and containment, whilst the third, supplemented by copper rods, had exploded outwards, from which the planting flowed towards an exhuberant display at the other end of the installation, supplemented by additional flowering perrenials. The work filled the entire courtyard, derailling any possibility of a singular focal point. Landformed rubble and hardcore, including the demolished polished concrete cantilevered platform from the Wilson McWillaim Studio garden, was mounded in an island formation with the planting thrusting out, as a reflection of the tenacity of nature. A deck chair at the rear end of the garden underneath an apple tree, created a spot for pause, relaxing and reflection, freed of all constraints.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
22nd August 2013 - 8th September 2013
Designed by Jon Sims
The first Remix Garden, which took the hard landscaping elements and plants from Wilson McWilliam Studio's Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013, and 'remixed' them into a new design, set the scene and introduced the narrative for the project.
The idea behind the design was inspired after a visit by the Remixers to the site where all the 'ingredients' of the original show garden designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio were being kept after RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The idea developed around the theme of storage, whereby the garden had been packed up and transported, from its original location to its new site at Oxo Tower Wharf. Upon delivery the packing crate appears to have broken open, with its contents spilling out revealing a new remixed arrangement.
Jon Sims gained valuable insight into the construction of the original show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, working as a volunteer with Wilson McWIlliam Studio and contractors Gardenlink, during the build up period of the
show. His garden installation revealed a hands-on intimacy with the materials, deftly condensing them into a distinctly recognisable shorthand form, a catalogue of the original garden's identifyable elements, including the roof canopy, copper rods, rammed earth walls, boulders, paving stones and plants.
The compact form of the installation explores the manner in which objects can be reconfigured and recombined into new forms, in such a way to create a series of new focal points and pedestrian pathways. The installation's location drew the courtyard in towards the garden, providing an intriguing composition and drawing the public towards it to explore. The work provided informal perching places, complimenting the existing adjacent outdoor cafe seating, attracting the lunchtime crowds on sunny afternoons.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
1st August - 18th August 2013
The Remix Garden project presented a fresh approach to garden design in urban spaces, run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Utilising the materials from the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden designed by Wilson McWilliam Studio which won a Silver-Gilt medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2013, four new versions of the garden were created in the courtyard of the Oxo Tower Wharf over the summer.
The original garden was remixed into unique new garden installations, in the same manner that a song would be remixed, by four upcoming designers who have made impressive appearances at RHS shows over recent years - Anoushka Feiler, Daniel Lobb, Matthew Childs and Jon Sims. It was then taken to RHS London Shades of Autumn Show for a fifth version by Wilson McWilliam Studio, before finally completing its lifecycle, with remaining materials ending up in local community garden spaces.
The project draws a parallel between garden design and music culture, by highlighting the variety of ways that a pre-determined set of elements can be reinterpreted and artfully recombined into a variety of different and distinctive forms. It showcases the afterlife potential of RHS show gardens through a process of creative recycling. .
Construction of the garden installations was by Garden Link, with assistance and maintenance from St Mungo’s charity initiative Putting Down Roots, which provides valuable horticultural training for the homeless.
Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the Riverside Walkway part of London's South Bank. Home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues, it is managed by Coin Street Community Builders.
Garden 1 1st August - 18th August
Garden 2 21st August – 8th September
Garden 3 11th September – 29th September
Garden 4 2nd October – 20th October
Garden 5 22 – 23 October, RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, Lindley Hall
Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
Designed by Sarah Eberle and Andrew Burns
A new permanent community space created in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation for the opening of the London Festival of Architecture 2012. Australian architect Andrew Burns and British landscape architect Sarah Eberle design is based on a clearly defined geometric 'harlequin' asphalted ground surface, with potted plants defining the body and character of the garden. The structural planting is enhanced by contributions from the community.
A permanent community garden created in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council. Designed by Sarah Eberle working in collaboration with Australian architect Andrew Burns, to transform Gibbon’s Rent, a neglected cut through between Magdalen and Bermondsey Streets in London SE1, into an urban oasis.
The unique project took a new approach to creating public spaces, with input from both public and private sectors, international designers and local residents. Not only is it a truly innovative work of urban design, it is a dynamic one which will continue to transform and adapt to the needs of the community stakeholders.
Andrew Burns was appointed after a competitive process that asked three young Australian practices to propose ways to transform the site. His design concept puts the local community at the heart of the project through an interactive engagement with potted plants, whilst Sarah Eberle's masterful planting skills have brought the scheme to fruition with verdant panache.
The design incorporates a series of large concrete pipe planters filled with an exotic array of plants, arranged around a harlequin pattern walkway. Smaller pots with plants are placed within the scheme by local residents, modifying it according to their needs and seasonal interests - cultivating a community of gardeners in a previously barren urban space.
Gibbons Rent (off Magdalen Street)
Permanent garden, open 24/7
Designed by Alison Condie and Tony Heywood
'The Majesty' reconfigured 'Glamourlands', a show garden commission by The Royal Horticultural Society for Chelsea Flower Show 2012. Featuring a picturesque landscape portrait of the Dorset coast, it was transported after the show to The Vaults, a Victorian tunnel operated by The Old Vic Tunnels, below Waterloo station.
A monumental work featuring carbon and jewel encrusted forms up to four metres in height, wind-swept pine trees from the National Trust coastal property at Formby, and a Hartley Botanic greenhouse. It combined lighting, Penhaligon's scent, animation by Unanico and a work by sound artist Darryl Moore, to create an immersive subterranean landscape experience.
Over the course of five months 'The Majesty' slowly took on a new forms, creating an otherworldly spectacle as fungus grew across, and colonised, the landscape installation. The artists worked with scientists from National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in Cambridge, to produce a culture of fine mycelium which spread and colonised the surfaces of the bejeweled landmass. Edible mushrooms were also grown on the sculptures inside the candle lit greenhouse.
Entrance off Leake st.
Station Approach Road
21st June 2012 - 13th October 2012
Designed by Andy Sturgeon
Situated in a capsule on the iconic London Eye, the Pommery EyeGarden was an artistic interpretation of the city, contrasting the clean white geometry of tall structural pillars with lush green planting, creating a interplay between the world inside the capsule and the views of buildings and parks outside. The soft foliage and semi-transparent umbelifers providing a natural counterpoint to the city, included Deschampsia cespitosa "Goldtau', Hesperis matronalis 'Alba', Cenolophium denudatum and Cydonia oblonga.
A soundtrack provided an audio corollary to the visual landscape revealed during the garden's rotation. Utilising sound recordings gathered from the South Bank, Battersea Park and Sussex countryside, it narratively segued in correspondence with the distance of the views seen from the capsule as it ascended, peaking with recordings from 40km away (the distance visible from the top of the capsule's rotation). After a spell of silence, the sequence reversed, transporting the garden visitor from tranquillity back to urban bustle.
The garden was in situ for a twenty four hour period, installed and deinstalled whilst the attraction was static overnight by Landform Consultants.
EDF Energy London Eye
Westminster Bridge Road
16th May 2012
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a gardener and historian and landscape architect. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Projects in Britain and abroad, often feature a conservation slant, such as Kensington Palace Gardens (2012). His work reflects an interest in the dramatic and sculptural potential of landscape, and is imbued with whimsical, historical eclecticism.
Wilson McWilliam Studio is the combined talents of landscape architects Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam, who both share a passion for garden design and experimentation with materials and plant associations and are strong advocates for cross fertilisation between both disciplines. Andrew is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers. He is a lecturer, a respected author and regularly judges for the RHS specialising in show gardens. Gavin originally studied Fine Art, and is a Chartered Member of The Landscape Institute.
Daniel Lobb originally studied Fine Art Sculpture and in 2006 received an MA in Landscape Design from Inchbald School of Design. He was awarded a Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011.He is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.
Anoushka trained at KLC, where she she won the Great Dixter Award for Planting Design, and graduated with a Professional Diploma in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Her show garden 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was awarded a Gold Medal and 'Best in Show', at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2012. Her conceptual garden Excuse Me Whilst I 'Kiss the Sky' was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal and winner of ‘People’s Choice Best Small Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2011. SHe is a Pre-Registered Member of Society of Garden Designers.
Matthew trained at KLC College of Design. In 2013 he was awarded a Gold Medal and 'Best in Show' award for his Ecover garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. In 2012 he received a gold medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show for his garden ‘Light at the end of the Tunnel’. He was Jacksons Show Garden competition winner 2010, and is a Pre-Registered Member of Society of Garden Designers.
Jon graduated from the London College of Garden Design in 2012 after many years working in interior architecture. He won the Society of Garden Designers Student Award 2012, and is finalist in two categories inthe SGD Awards 2013.
Sarah Eberle is the holder of nine RHS Gold medals and Best in Show award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007. She has exhibited show gardens in New Zealand, Japan and created a garden installation in Trafalgar Square. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Greenwich, and is a member of the Landscape Institute, Society of Garden Designers and the Institute of Horticulture.
Andrew Burns is an architect working from Chippendale, Australia, designing houses, cultural buildings ans public spaces. Andrew was awarded the 60th Anniversary Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship in 2012, was a finalist in the National Worker’s Memorial competition Canberra, awarded the inaugural Fugitive Structures project at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. In 2013 Andrew Burns received the NSW Emerging Architect Prize and a commendation for Crescent House in the Small projects category at the NSW Architecture Awards.
Tony Heywood and Alison Condie are celebrated for their horticultural installations which cross-fertilise the areas of gardens and fine art, exploring new ways of engaging with and re-presenting nature and landscape. They have worked together since 2000 and are represented by the VIGO Gallery 22, London. Their sculptural works have included floating sculptures on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, installations at Berkeley Sq, Tate Britain and Lord's cricket ground. Their inspiring installation 'Space Ritual' won 'Best in Show' at RHS Tatton Park 2010.
Andy Sturgeon runs an international practice from Brighton and is also director of Garden Design Asia. He has won 5 RHS Gold medals, and 'Best in Show' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, as well as the Gardening World Cup 2009 in Japan. He is the author of several garden books, columnist for the Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Sunday Times, and contributor to the Daily Telegraph and Financial Times, as well as a TV presenter for BBC.
Cityscapes launched in 2012 in partnership with the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter. As a garden design and art event it brings an innovative new approach to the way urban parks and gardens are designed, through the creation of temporary and permanent gardens, in collaboration with designers, artists and cultural organisations.
Cityscapes was founded by Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison of Moore Harrison Land Design.
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