The Quilted Velvet Garden at Chelsea 2009

The Quilted Velvet garden is based on a dream, taking the form of a long, arduous journey through the everyday world of work and domestic chores, eventually arriving at a place of comfort and luxury. The foreground invites the onlooker into a sunken bed of lavender Busy Lizzies, punctuated by rising stepping stones winding around to a central seating area filled with oversized quilty cushions which provide a haven of comfort. A raised area behind the protective purple slate walls creates a strong contrast and is densely planted with spiky yuccas, palms and cordylines, whilst the surrounding walls create varied perspectives in the garden. Three cypress trees stand between the stepping stones, with just one tree appearing behind them, reflecting Quilted Velvet’s commitment to ensure that three trees are replanted for every one that it uses.