View from the kitchen garden out to the landscape designed by Arne Maynard at Allt-y-bela. Photo credit: William Collinson, Arne Maynard Garden Design
"I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill. I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it, and how gruesome and painful the death might be." —Duchess of Northumberland, on curating the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show may be the world’s most distinguished gardening event, but it doesn’t have the Pothole Gardener. To hear how this planter constructs landscapes in road divots or to take part in dozens of other offbeat horticultural happenings, you’ll have to attend the inaugural Chelsea Fringe Festival, taking place around London at the same time as the flower show.
Sue Hill and Pete Hill design large-scale installations that celebrate the magic of a garden landscape. Sculpted with mud, rocks, and plants, the extraordinary figures evolve with the seasons, and suggest a fairy tale in the undergrowth.
Two of their best known sculptures, Mud Maid and The Giant's Head, were both commissioned by the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK.
A look at some of the gardens at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.