Wedgwood Winner Jo Thompson Strikes Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Wedgwood Winner Jo Thompson Strikes Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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Multi-award winning UK garden designer, Jo Thompson, has scooped gold with her striking space for strong, successful women.

Jo Thompson said: “I’m thrilled. It’s been a joy from start to finish and this is a true team effort. It has been wonderful to work with Wedgwood on such a special garden. I’m so pleased to be back at the greatest flower show on earth with such an inspirational and passionate team of people, I couldn’t be happier.”

Designed specifically as a garden for a woman, the Wedgwood garden includes a feature bronze pavilion, meandering stream, pond with stepping stones, harmonious planting and naturalistic rocks and boulders.

Other notable aspects of the garden include a stone seat and coffee table hewn from the same boulder, split in half. A stunning kintsugi style path, snakes through the garden. The delicate strands of bronze echo the ancient Japanese practice of celebrating the art of precious scars in broken porcelain.

Beautiful willow species, Salix exigua, are dotted throughout the garden, referencing the iconic Wedgwood pattern as well as weeping feature trees.

Contemplative in atmosphere, the planting palette reflects the 18th century colour trials carried out by Josiah Wedgwood with hues of pale yellow, periwinkle, inky purple, rust and peach.

This is celebrated garden designer, Jo Thompson’s ninth appearance designing a garden at Chelsea.  She is a member of The RHS Gardens Committee, a Gardens Advisor to RHS Rosemoor, a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers, alongside lecturing nationally and internationally and tutoring at the renowned London College of Design.