Monday, 18 May 2009

Fenland Alchemy

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens on the 19th May.

One of the attractions will be the Giles Landscapes Fenland Alchemist Garden.

The Giles website says:

"This theatrical garden is a light-hearted look at the life of a traditional Fen Tiger who practices the ancient art of alchemy. It feeds off the myths and mystery which surround The Fens".

As I've said many times, the Fens is a very special place; a real wilderness in the back garden of English suburbia.

There are still many places in the Fens where you can live in peace and see very few people. Its an area of great isolation, but outstanding raw, wild beauty.

Its black peaty soil is full of nutrients and makes growing plants and vegetables a rewarding experience.

I believe that the creators of this temporary, show garden use the word "alchemy" in a loose sense.

The word basically means the "art of transformation" or "transmutation".

The garden has ordinary plants like green fennel and the more exotic transformed purple cultivar from the same family.

This particular garden has been shown before, at the 2008 Sandringham Flower Show.

Some photographs are visible at the following website:

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