The RHS Chelsea Repurposed garden

Designed by Darryl Moore, the RHS Chelsea Repurposed garden will recycle and repurpose the show’s own discards dating as far back as 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Shows.

2024 RHS Chelsea Repurposed garden
credit: RHS

Featuring key elements from RHS Chelsea Show Gardens dating back as far as 2010, garden designer Darryl Moore has created a celebration of creative recycling. Two Corten steel columns, hauled from storage after appearing in Andy Sturgeon’s 2010 The Daily Telegraph Garden, tower over a paved path, while a shady spot gives way to a recycled Islamic-inspired fountain which featured in Tom Massey’s Lemon Tree Trust Garden from 2018, and reused concrete benches provide a place to ponder.

The recycling theme continues with drought-tolerant species, including grasses and local wildflowers, all planted in crushed concrete and sand salvaged from demolished buildings. Key plants include; Arbutus Unedo, the tufted grass Brachypodium pinnatum and Brizia media, yellow scrambling Galium verum and Origanum vulgare.

“The design is an urban public space, which visitors will be able to pass through and read information about the importance of reusing and relocating gardens from shows”, explains Darryl Moore.

Darryl Moore is a garden designer, author, features writer and photographer. Moore is the Director and Founder of the innovative urban landscape organisation Cityscapes, known for creating temporary and permanent parks, gardens and installations. Project partners have included British Library, Royal Horticultural Society, Barbican, Investec, The Old Vic, Team London Bridge, The London Eye, Network Rail, Siobhan Davies Dance and The Architecture Foundation.

After the show, every element of the RHS Chelsea Repurposed garden will go on to enjoy yet another new life that continues to benefit both people and wildlife.