Hardy's walk-through Festival Garden, sponsored by Candide, would have been the largest ever display at RHS Chelsea at 160 sq. meters which is ¾ the size of a Main Avenue Show Garden. Rosy Hardy and her team created the Festival Garden at the nursery, to the same exacting RHS Judged standards they would have produced for Chelsea.
The Garden was created to provide a sense of well-being for all those who sit in it. The planting features many hundreds of the nursery's stunning collection of herbaceous perennials and shrubs. The plants were selected to attract pollinators of all kinds and the rills provide water for insects and birds, while providing reflections of the surrounding plants and trees.
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All Hardy’s plants are grown in 100% peat-free media, using predominantly biological controls at their large 13-acre nursery.
The key focal point of the exhibit is a bespoke, architectural wooden entrance structure and large cured seating area. Hardy’s wanted to highlight British craftsmanship within the design and commissioned London based craftsman, Object Atelier, to design and build the features using stunning English Chestnut wood. The bow-like, sculptural construction came from an idea Rosy had of an upturned wreck of a Viking long ship which she had seen while diving in Norway. The dramatic, arching, wooden ribs provide a welcoming entrance, while offering differing vistas through into the garden to view Rosy's signature 'right-plant-right-place' style.
The garden features separate spaces of naturalistic plant communities that reflect various garden conditions, from damp shade through to hot, dry, sunny borders, highlighting that pollinating plants can found in the shade as well as sun.
For visitors who would like to see the beauty of the Hardy's Festival Garden in person, there is an opportunity to book a relaxed, socially distanced time slot to visit the nursery from the 18th of May into June. All proceeds will be donated to Hardy's local children's charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
After June, Hardy's will adapt the display to provide a permanent, wildflower, well-being garden, in which visitors to the nursery can sit and enjoy the space for many years to come.