2022

KLC Staff, Students and Alumni at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

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RHS Chelsea's Flower Show 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 to talk about their show gardens.

  

A special mention and thanks to Garden Designer, KLC Tutor and alumni, Pandora Ryan, and her build team for designing, building and planting the KLC trade stand. Pandora shared her concept behind the design for KLC’s Chelsea Flower Show Stand EA493,

“The Chelsea Flower Show stand has sustainability and circular economies at the heart of its design. Inspired by the power of design to positively impact the planet, all the materials on the stand are either reclaimed, natural and sustainably sourced or will be reused for future shows. Cork, bamboo, seagrass, recycled charcoal and postconsumer waste plastic make up the materials palette. Furniture and displays that can be folded, rolled, stacked and dismantled have been chosen to allow for their efficient storage and reuse. A naturalistic planting scheme inspired by English wildflower meadows, features drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly perennials, showcasing sustainable, future-proofed planting that benefits the environment.

The stand aims to reflect the ethos of KLC School of Design and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation who have recently joined forces - and their commitment to the power of art and design to make a positive impact on people and the planet.”

 

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 for the Hands Off my Mangrove Garden by Grow 2 Know and was asked by Gardens Illustrated to do an exciting takeover of behind-the scenes updates at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show. KLC Alumni, Harrie Carnochan, Abby Fitzpatrick and Trace Johnson were also part of Humaira’s planting team for this exciting show garden.

The ‘Hands off my Mangrove’ Show Garden has been awarded Silver Gilt and was designed by Tayshan Hayden-Smith and Danny Clarke, Built by The Landscaping Consultants and Sponsored by Grow2Know CiC and Project Giving Back. This garden unites two prominent issues – global deforestation and social injustice. You can learn more about this garden here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens/2022/hands-off-mangrove-by-grow2know


Grow2Know Garden: RHS Chelsea

KLC has a number of Alumni that have graduated from the KLC Garden Diploma Course and are now involved in the industry, working at Chelsea Flower Show and even working alongside Humaira in her planting team. We caught up with some of our alumni to ask them about their experience at Chelsea and being involved in the planting team with Humaira.

“Humaira’s passion for what she does is infectious and you are drawn in. She never misses an opportunity to highlight things that you need to know and be doing when being in the industry and of course she introduces you to everyone. No matter how stressful it gets, Humaira always kind and calm.

Her planting combinations may look complicated but she breaks it down in very digestible ways and uses great repetition in her planting plans and that is felt in her planting combinations. She allows you freedom to do your thing and will then come back and give constructive feedback. It has been a fantastic experience and massive learning curve."

 

Congratulations to all involved!

 
Left: Garden Designer and KLC Alumni, Matt Childs, at KLC Stand.
Right: Garden Designer and KLC Tutor, Daniel Lobb, at KLC Stand.