Award-winning garden designer Adam Frost designed The Homebase Garden – ‘Time to Reflect’ in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and welcomed Sir Michael Parkinson and the charity’s ambassadors, Fiona Phillips and Arlene Phillips to the launch of the garden at the start of this year’s show.
The garden was awarded a Gold RHS Medal increasing Adam’s already impressive RHS Medal tally to six.
The garden was designed to celebrate memories and was hundreds of hours in the making with initial planning starting in July last year. Throughout the process, and to assist on the final stages of the build, Adam was joined by the Homebase Garden Academy students. The 11 students helped him to make his design a reality by putting into practice the skills learnt from Adam since joining the Academy last November.
The garden was home to over 4,000 plants including Foxgloves, Geraniums, Iris and Epimediums. As visitors moved through the garden, the planting graduated from cool shade-loving woodland plants around the arbour into sun-loving yellow, white and blue plants reminiscent of English springtime. Carved timber seats inspired by a seed pod were also located throughout the garden – providing the opportunity for people to sit and reflect in the colourful surroundings.
As celebrities descended on the show to marvel at the gardens Fiona Phillips and Sir Michael Parkinson were asked what they thought about Adam’s Gold Medal winning creation for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Fiona also talked about the role gardens can play for people living with dementia.