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To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

First Touch Garden Living Wall, RHS Chelsea 2014

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
  • For First Touch (Patrick Collins)

Project Details

  • Garden designed by Patrick Collins
  • RHS Silver Gilt award

Biotecture contributed a living wall to the First Touch garden designed by Patrick Collins at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. The garden was inspired by the strength and determination of babies born prematurely and their families, and is also dedicated to the charity First Touch, who provide help and support during this difficult time. It further honoured the hard work of the doctors, nurses and other staff of the Neonatal Unit at St. George’s Hospital. Patrick was awarded the RHS Silver Gilt for the garden.

The main feature of the garden was the watercourse flowing through the centre, representing the journey of the babies and their families – going from turbulent to more gentle as the journey progresses. The garden was crested by a living wall, provided by Biotecture, comprised of ferns, cowslips, luzula and bergenia. The living wall provides a green backdrop to the floral planting in shades of purple and pink used throughout the garden. The overall effect is a contemplative space that allows the mind to wander and reflect.

Biotecture also worked with Sparsholt College in Winchester to install a living wall for their Paper Chase garden within the discovery area at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2014. You can see that show garden by visiting the portfolio page.

The growing green walls by Biotecture are amazing...they are watered hydroponically and would be a perfect way to transform a barren backdrop into a mass of green. This garden is a real tour de force.

Bunny Guinness The Telegraph