Wedgwood Garden Hailed at Chelsea Flower Show
The Wedgwood Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show has scooped a Silver Gilt medal with a striking design by Jo Thompson. This second Chelsea show garden presented by Wedgwood marks the brand’s 260th anniversary and reflects the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795).
Christian Bachler, Wedgwood Senior Vice President, said: “We are delighted that the Wedgwood Garden has been recognised with this accolade. It is a wonderful project to mark our 260th anniversary and a pleasure to work in partnership with Jo Thompson once again. Jo and her team, together with Wedgwood, have worked tirelessly to bring this magnificent garden to life. I applaud the innovation and skill that has made the 2019 Wedgwood Garden such a great success.”
The Wedgwood Garden is the 10th garden by renowned garden designer Jo Thompson, whose previous accolades include a quartet of RHS gold medals amongst others.
Speaking of the garden’s medal announcement, Jo said: “I’m so pleased with this year’s results. It has been an absolute pleasure working on this garden as it was such a great story to tell.
“I have really enjoyed developing such a calm and contemplative space surrounded by planting that is so evocative of the art of Etruria, which was the inspiration for the village that Josiah Wedgwood created for his workforce.
“This is my tenth year at Chelsea and each year is so very different depending on the story I am telling. What delights me most is the response from visitors to the gardens and this year I have been thrilled with the comments and reactions I have received.
“It has been wonderful to collaborate with Wedgwood once again, particularly on such a momentous garden, marking anniversaries for both myself and Wedgwood. 2019 is a very significant year for us both and winning a Silver Gilt medal at Chelsea makes it even more special.”
Framed with spectacular soaring pavilions, the garden brings to life Wedgwood’s rich heritage, spanning more than two and a half centuries, by setting its foundations in Etruria, the 18th century Staffordshire village created by Josiah for his workers.
A stream connects key elements and echoes the canals and watercourses of Staffordshire that were so fundamental to Wedgwood’s production and transformation to an international industry.
Standing proudly above the garden and beautifully framing the space, interlinked arched pavilions echo the foundations of the past whilst combining a fresh new approach. The pavilions create ever-changing framed views that provide different perspectives of the creative landscape.
The variety of angles are brought together by repeated use of materials in the garden, with subtly contrasting surfaces and textures. They are used alongside delicate decorative metalwork and artfully placed sculptures to highlight key junctions and motifs.
Over the coming days crowds in their thousands will flock to the grounds of Royal Hospital to see the Wedgwood Garden – a highlight of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. For more details, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens/2019/the- wedgwood-garden
Wedgwood, the iconic premium lifestyle brand, was founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood, not only an astonishing craftsman and potter but also an exceptional pioneer, philanthropist and marketer. With its rich heritage of over 250 years it has become a true British cultural icon and is a testament to British entrepreneurial spirit and craftsmanship.
With product and design development continuing in the UK the brand guarantees English authenticity and values. Founded on the principles of design, quality and innovation Wedgwood makes the highest quality fine bone china dinnerware, teaware, iconic Jasper ware as well as beautifully crafted ornamental pieces.
Wedgwood’s influence extends into fashion with long standing collaborations with world-renowned designers Vera Wang and Jasper Conran. Today the legacy of Josiah remains as Wedgwood continues to make a lasting impact on people’s quality of life making the everyday extraordinary by creating moments that enrich people’s lives.
Wedgwood was acquired by Fiskars Corporation in 2015 and is now part of Fiskars’ English & Crystal Living Business. www.wedgwood.co.uk