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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Monaco Garden Green Wall, RHS Chelsea 2011

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
  • For Sarah Erbele

Project Details

  • Sarah Eberle design collaboration
  • RHS Gold Medal award
  • Mediterranean plant palette

Biotecture worked with Sarah Eberle, the award-winning garden designer, on the Monaco show garden, which won a Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in 2011. The idea to create a Monaco Garden was the brain-child of Prince Albert of Monaco, a keen gardener, who wanted to showcase a side of Monaco’s life that is less usually seen: the beauty of relatively small, domestic gardens which make the most of Monaco’s limited space.

A particular challenge of the planting for this high profile show garden was Sarah Eberle’s Mediterranean style plant choice, including Osteospermum  ‘African Daisy’. For the Chelsea Flower Show, the flowers had to be blooming as if in the middle of glorious Mediterranean summer sunshine rather than a British spring day. Biotecture’s nursey team worked intensively on the show garden plants to make sure that they were up to standard. An RHS Gold Medal award is testimony to the Monaco Garden’s design and planting.

This RHS Chelsea green wall formed part of the ‘apartment structure’ within the garden and incorporated a cantilevered staircase which gives the effect of the wooden stair treads growing out of the vertical plant wall. A green wall is particularly appropriate for this show garden as monaco residential gardens tend to be small and terraced in style meaning that maximisation of space and clever use of vertical surfaces is very important.

Biotecture have exhibited at several different shows and been involved in the design of living walls for several award winning RHS Chelsea flower show gardens. To see more of these you can visit our portfolio.

The garden shows how landscape and architecture can interact to provide sustainable solutions to support high density living, including the use of vertical green walls and planted roofs.

Royal Horticultural Society website