The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Garden At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
10 November 2016
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) today announced that it is sponsoring an Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017.
Designed by horticulturist and designer David Domoney in collaboration with the CWGC Director of Horticulture David Richardson, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Garden is a celebration of the continuing work of the CWGC in its centenary year.
It will be an opportunity to share and celebrate the gardening heritage of this unique organisation.
CWGC Director of Horticulture David Richardson, said: “In 2017 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will celebrate one hundred years of great gardening. With a global gardening workforce of more than 850 men and women and a maintenance commitment of more than 710 hectares, we’re proud to be one of the world’s largest horticultural organisations.
“Our horticulture has always been an essential part of our commemoration of the war dead – ensuring the cemeteries and memorials are places of beauty and quiet remembrance for the hundreds of thousands who visit them each year.
“We’re delighted to have the chance to work with David Domoney and showcase our work at Chelsea.”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Garden will be an intimate reflective space, which has echoes of the great architecture and craftsmanship found in the CWGC cemeteries and memorials worldwide. Commission artisans will be working on many of the built elements in the garden, which will incorporate materials used at many CWGC sites, including Portland stone and bricks hand-made in Belgium.
The planting will use species from sites in the CWGC global estate to create a calm, contemplative and reflective space for visitors to enjoy.
Design and Planting
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Garden is accessed through an imposing circular arch. Portland stone steps lead to a raised platform from which a view over the garden is afforded. To the front are multi-stemmed trees, the canopy of which provide an area for quiet contemplation. Globe-headed flowers nestled in the floral landscape of silver, mauve and blue hues remind us of fallen soldiers. Inside the garden visitors can see their reflection along the garden walls.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain's largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious. It inspires millions through showcasing the best in garden design.
In 2017 it will be held on 23 to 27 May.
The CWGC Centenary in 2017
In 2017 it will be one hundred years since the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) was established by Royal Charter. Throughout the year the CWGC will be celebrating this landmark with a programme of events including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and hosting the iconic Poppy Wave Sculpture at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial.