One of the most tasteful of the large formal spaces at the Chelsea Flower Show was the Laurent Perrier garden. The prestigious champagne company has been sponsoring award-winning gardens at the show for ten years in order to give horticultural shape to their company values of time, season and land. This year’s garden was designed by Italian landscape artist Luciano Giubbilei who perfectly blended controlled “cultural” elements with more random, “natural” ones. Immaculately pruned trees, precisely-placed gravel and paving and clearly defined water elements lead to a sculpture by artist Nigel Hall…


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Yet right next to this symmetrical walk was a “wilder” side garden of perennials, mixing blood-red ‘Buckeye Belle’ peonies, ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Superstition’ irises, Aquilegia and Astrantia, as well as frothy grasses, such as  fine clouds of feathery ‘Giant Bronze’ Foeniculum vulgare. Last but not least, purple salvia attract butterflies and bees to this field of champagne dreams…

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The verdict from the Chelsea judges? A gold-medal winner. I wonder what Laurent Perrier will show at Jardins Jardin, the Paris Chelsea, from June 5-7…

– Lisa


~ by lisacwhite on May 19, 2009.

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