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The Telegraph announces its garden designer for the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Telegraph Garden for the Centenary 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be designed by the renowned landscape and garden designer, Christopher Bradley-Hole, who returns to the show after an eight-year break.

This will be Christopher’s seventh show, having previously won five Gold Medals and two Best Show Garden Awards. It is Christopher’s third Chelsea garden for The Daily Telegraph. His first garden for The Telegraph, ‘the Latin Garden’ in 1997, won the newspaper’s first Best Show Garden Award.

In the 99 years that Chelsea Flower Show has exhibited on the Royal Hospital site, The Daily Telegraph is the only exhibitor to be awarded the top prize of ‘Best Show Garden’ by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges, three years consecutively (2009, 2010, 2011). The Telegraph won Gold last year.

The 2013 Telegraph garden is a contemporary and contemplative composition inspired by three ideas: the making of the English landscape, the Japanese approach to garden making and by modern abstract art.

The garden is a representation of England as a wooded landscape from which openings were cleared to allow settlement, civilisation and cultivation.  English native trees and shrubs are used in a graphic way to create an understory which expresses the way a field pattern has been superimposed on the land. The humble hazel, symbol of the working forest, is shown in a new ‘designed’ form. Oak is shown as a structure – a colonnade of columns crafted from English green oak.

The garden will have an overall palette of subtle tones emblematic of the atmospheric composition of the landscape on a misty day. The garden is partly inspired by the book ‘In Praise of Shadows’, by Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, and his observation of the calm and depth of meaning, such as you would find in handcrafted objects, houses and landscapes.

Christopher Bradley-Hole said: “The Centenary is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the English landscape.  The use of native trees and shrubs is intended to highlight their quality and importance in the landscape at a time when they are under threat.  The first Chelsea Flower Show generated great interest in the Japanese garden aesthetic and, 100 years on, a Japanese approach informs my design for this English garden.”

Joanna Fortnam, Gardening Editor, The Daily Telegraph said: “It is an honour for the Telegraph to be working with Christopher Bradley-Hole again. We have come to expect that Christopher will challenge our ideas of what a garden can be – and I’m confident that his startlingly original and thoughtful design for the Telegraph will make the Chelsea Centenary a memorable year for everyone who loves gardens.”

Christopher is the bestselling author of two books, the minimalist garden and Making the Modern Garden.  He has lectured extensively on his work across the USA, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Russia and China and has taught landscape design and construction to students on the Diploma Course at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Currently, he is also developing an innovative and sensitive design for the award-winning property developer Spink Property for an historic landscape near Henley on Thames.

The Telegraph Garden will once again occupy a prime site on the Main Avenue at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show (MA18).

Visit The Telegraph website to watch interviews with Christopher Bradley Hole talking about his design and read the latest news on the garden’s development.

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