This follows his first Chelsea appearance in 2013 when the brothers’ artisan garden, Un Garreg was a gold medal winner. Chelsea 2014 takes place on 20 – 24 May.
Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden features serpentine stonewalls outlining simple constellations with a boundary hedge revealing irregular copper discs
against a dark backdrop, resembling stars. Inside, modest seating combines with a range of different sized protruding boulders resembling fallen meteors. Planting echoes the feel of the spiralling Milky Way with blues, whites and purples crafting a naturalistic space with a canopy of trees opening to reveal the sky. Two reflection pools resemble black holes (dead stars), mirroring the sky and surrounding planting. A spiral staircase leads to a roof top space suitable for relaxing and viewing the night sky.
David and Harry who together are Rich Landscapes were brought up in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. David explains, “We have always been close to nature and have a passion to reconnect people with the natural surroundings; a connection, which in this modern day and era is so easily lost. We are also very keen on using natural, locally sourced materials. They have a raw honesty about them and show a real knowledge and understanding of the land.”
Commenting on Bord na Móna’s support for the garden, Steve Harper, Head of Consumer UK said, “Harry and David are a young team with real talent who specialise in interpreting their native landscape, using environmentally kind materials and sympathetic planting. These are exactly the values that our peat-free brand Vital Earth seeks to espouse and if a brand like this can help designers like this to succeed at Chelsea yet again, then I will be delighted. I am confident that with Bord na Móna’s support, the Rich brothers and Vital Earth will again win hearts and minds at the premier gardening show.”
Bord na Móna drives initiatives in green electricity, fuels, resource recovery, water and horticulture, where it leads the way in peat reduction through its ‘Contract with Nature’. In the UK, Bord na Móna trades its peat-reduced compost brand, Growise and its peat-free compost brand, Vital Earth. The latter has transformed the UK garden market with growing media made from recycled garden waste