KLC Staff, students and alumni at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021
RHS Chelsea’s gardens represent the pinnacle of horticultural excellence. Show-stopping designs, innovative materials and glorious blooms at the peak of perfection on display.
The current cohort from KLC's Part Time Garden Diploma got an exclusive preview tour behind the scenes the Friday before the show opened and got to listen to the designers (who kindly downed tools for 5 minutes) to talk about their show gardens.
After the delay from the usual May slot due to the pandemic, We would like to thank all the staff, students and alumni who put a lot of hard work into making KLC's multiple involvements in this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Special mention to Marc O'Neil and his build team for designing, building and planting the KLC trade stand. Thank you also to all the staff that helped on the stand over the longer seven days of the show answering questions from all of the visitors interested in KLC's garden design courses.
KLC would like to thank and congratulate Garden Design Diploma Course Leader and Garden Designer, Humaira Ikram of Studio Ikram, who worked as head planter with Arit Anderson to build her ‘The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope’. Humaira's involvement on The Garden of Hope provided an incredibly valuable opportunity for current students, alumni and tutors to work and volunteer on the garden during the build.
‘The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope illustrates how gardening and growing plants provides hope and joy as we enjoy the fruits of our labour as our plants flourish and grow. Central to the design is a beautiful steam-bent wooden sculpture by Charlie Whinney, which twists and flows through the garden, incorporating seating areas, a child’s swing and creating the feeling of a big hug.
After the show, the garden will be relocated to the Mother and Baby Unit Rosewood, part of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, to provide a safe, beautiful sanctuary and a place of hope for the women and their babies to spend time in. The planting has a natural feel, with a number of trees, some turning with autumnal colours, and areas of dense rich green planting at the front of the garden, becoming more colourful further back. As a symbol of how a garden both feeds the soul and our bodies, a selection of edible plants are also included.
The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope illustrates how growing plants helps provide hope for the future and makes the world a greener and more beautiful place.’
KLC Garden Diploma Course Leader and Owner of Studio Ikram, Humaira Ikram, shared the following, ‘My team and I were lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Arit Anderson on the one Show Garden of Hope. She put together the most beautiful scheme for mothers who really need help. It’s a team that makes a garden and I wanted to thank Arit for inviting us to work with her on this.‘
Well done to all involved!