Green-tech’s living screens create an air of mystery and magic at RHS Cardiff Flower Show
Chris Myers’ Gold Medal winning show garden at this year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show has wowed the crowds in Wales by utilising the local myth of Blodeuwedd as his inspiration. Fourteen of Green-tech’s home-grown, living screens were installed within the perimeter of the design providing a lush ivy backdrop to the show garden.
Chris has spent months working on his RHS Cardiff designs and after seeing the screens growing in his native home of Yorkshire was keen to incorporate them into his garden. The garden, inspired by the legend of Blodeuwedd, who was a woman created from flowers to be the wife of the hero Lleu, Chris’ woodland and water garden incorporates elements of the couple’s fateful story.
The screens were transported direct from Green-tech’s head office ready for the garden build, positioning was straight forward as the ivy screens can be simply installed into the ground without the requirement for pot removal, speeding up the whole process.The Hedera helix ‘Woerner’ is carefully woven into the mesh screens to provide even coverage and supplemented by additional fertiliser to enhance the lush green appearance.
Different elements of the local myth are represented in the garden. A thatched canopy above a bath marks the scene of the attempted murder. Since Lleu did not die, blossom and wild flowers bloom along the banks of the river and the sculpture of an owl looks on. The living screens provide an enclosed backdrop to provide atmosphere and the representation of the solitary woods where Lleu thwarted death.
Chris Myers, Garden Designer commented:
‘I am incredibly proud of the Blodeuwedd garden and the achievement of Best In Show plus a Gold Medal is testimony to the hard work of the team and my Yorkshire supporters. Green-tech’s living screens provided such a simple yet effective finish to the garden and I can visualise them being installed in garden design projects where a simple screening solution is required.’
Chris Swan, Product Manager, Green-tech added:
‘The team was keen to be involved with Chris’ impressive Blodeuwedd garden as the brief and design perfectly illustrated the purpose of Green-tech’s living screens. They can simply be installed in most landscape and garden scenarios and make a huge impact. All our green screens are home grown and maintained on-site at our head office, landscapers and garden designers choose them as they arrive well packaged and can be installed by simply planting.’