For me, and many others that visited this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sarah Price was the outright winner of the Show Gardens. Returning to Chelsea after six years, and designing for its main sponsor, M&G, Sarah set out to devise a “romantic”, Mediterranean-inspired garden, which celebrates raw, sustainable materials and a “vibrant colour palette” and she succeeded on every level.
Inspired by the colours in Monet’s paintings of his Giverny garden gave Sarah the germ of an idea for her show garden
Sarah did a degree in fine art at Nottingham Trent University, so it’s no surprise to see a painterly quality in her garden designs. A gardener from childhood she decided, after she left Uni, to learn more and got a job tending the grounds of Hampton Court Palace after which she established her own landscaping practice to work on a large breath of different projects from big public planting schemes to community projects to private gardens.
One of her most notable projects was as co-designer for the 2012 gardens at London’s Olympic Park. She also went on to work as a planting consultant for LDA Design on the post-Games legacy design.
In her Chelsea garden, Sarah used a textural mix of herbs and at least seven different euphorbias. She chose a green colour pallet in all its variations along with acid yellow, amethyst and pink against a red clay base note, which she used for the garden walls and in the gravel mulches.
If you too are inspired by Sarah’s garden then check out crocus.co.uk for a range of plants that they have put together for you to create the look of this garden at home, as well ones for the inspired Weston Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, which was the centre-piece of the Great Pavilion.