DesignBoard Greenwich At RHS Chelsea 2019

Modern requirements call for modern materials, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that DesignBoard composite decking featured strongly in one of the most talked-about gardens at RHS Chelsea this year.

The Greenfingers Charity Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Greenfingers Charity builds gardens at children’s hospices so that patients and their families can enjoy quality time together in natural and therapeutically beneficial natural surroundings.

Their garden Chelsea Flower Show, designed and built by Kate Gould and celebrating their twentieth anniversary, was been built with accessibility in mind. Often children are taken outdoors in a wheelchair – sometimes even in their bed – so all parts of the garden needed to be accessible, with a strict eye on planting and space to manoeuvre. And, of course, materials needed to aid mobility around the garden, not catch wheels or be uneven enough to make chairs and tables wobble.

DesignBoard Greenwich complemented the luscious green planting on the garden

DesignBoard is an ideal material. The Greenfingers Charity Garden had a lush planting palette incorporating greens and whites to echo the glazed cream and green bricks that face the walls and the raised bed, and DesignBoard Greenwich includes a gentle hint of green that made it an obvious choice.

Kate used it on the second level, where a vantage point overlooked the curved path and play area below. Composite decking, with its small and consistent gaps between the boards, not only increased the sense of spaciousness on that level by the direction in which they run, but also gave a much airier feel than solid paving would have done


Used vertically, Greenwich DesignBoard helped give
a robust, yet attractive backdrop to certain areas of the garden

The composite deck boards weren’t just used here, though. On the lower level, they were used to clad the wall that ran up to the water-powered lift, providing a textured and toning backdrop for the contrasting shapes of the plants in the bed at their feet. Placed vertically, they hinted at a fence but provided a low-maintenance option that wouldn’t rot or warp, while providing a design tie between the two levels. DesignBoard contemporary decking is also extremely hard-wearing, exactly what’s needed where heavy equipment might be bumped against it.

Elements of the Greenfingers Charity Garden are being moved to Richard House Hospice in East London, and we’re delighted that London Stone, as DesignBoard composite decking’s distributor, to be able to contribute to our Greenfinger’s work. This was Kate’s tenth year of designing a show garden at Chelsea, and her first on Main Avenue. Many congratulations to her for winning Silver-Gilt for a garden that showed that an accessible garden can be every bit as beautiful as any other.

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