Gillespies has designed a unique ‘rhubarb crumble and custard garden’ for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, celebrating Yorkshire’s local produce through imaginative design

Gillespies' Chelsea Flower Show garden
Gillespies' Chelsea Flower Show garden

Inspired by Yorkshire’s ‘rhubarb triangle’, a 23km2 area of the county dedicated to rhubarb cultivation, Gillespies’ design features a huge rhubarb plant and a drystone wall, respectively representing the fruit and crumble components of one of Yorkshire’s favourite desserts. A timber perch built into the drystone wall and a handcrafted oak chair, suggestive of a spoon, provide opportunities for rest and relaxation. There is also a series of rhubarb forcing pots and a winding path lined with soft planting resembling custard, which becomes increasingly wild as the visitor goes further into the garden.

The 4x5m space, designed by Simon Hall, Kate Dundas, John MacCleary and Tom Walker of Gillespies, was conceived as a tribute to the county’s local produce and as a celebration of the government’s decision to award protected designation of origin status to Yorkshire-forced rhubarb. The completed garden will be open for viewing at the Chelsea Flower Show and at the Great Yorkshire Show in July.


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