Tiny Gold Medal Winning Garden on Show at Chelsea Creek

Fulham development also displays three new public works of art

The award winning mini-garden

June 12, 2023

A tiny balcony garden which won a Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show has been recreated in Fulham development Chelsea Creek.

The garden, called Alight Here and described as an urban sanctuary, was created by Emma Tipping for the show, and sponsored by Chelsea Creek’s developers St George, part of the Berkeley Group.

Now St George has installed the garden in the upmarket development, which is east of Imperial Road and includes paths and walkways open to the public among gardens and newly created canals.

Emma, who won RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2022, said: “Inspired by daily city life, the garden is designed for a young professional in London, providing somewhere to sit with an after-work drink or a morning cup of coffee.

“The garden aims to create a relaxing but playful atmosphere, reminiscent of a good local pub – familiar, comforting, characterful, surrounded by plants that are multi-functional, being fragrant, edible or good for cutting.”

Alight Here also carried a message of waste reduction by using repurposed rubbish bins as containers and benches made from reclaimed railway sleepers.

To celebrate the garden’s success, Emma will be hosting a design workshop at Chelsea Creek, at 11am – 12.30pm on 23 June, sharing her knowledge and experience on recycling materials and prioritising sustainability. Those wishing to attend are asked to email sales@chelseacreek.co.uk, with places allocated on a first come first served basis.

At Chelsea Creek, St George has also unveiled three new public works of art, including two bronze sculptures created by two sought-after sculptors, Tanya Russell and her mother, Lorne McKean.

Swooping House Martins depicts two graceful birds in flight, hovering above the canal, while the second sculpture, the 600cm high Space for Nature Spiral, is situated at the heart of development and portrays dace and pike fish, moorhens, toads, newts, mushrooms, irises, house martins, hedgehogs, a fox, squirrels, a stoat, a bat and a nightingale, all surrounded by grass and ferns. It is topped by a falcon with a wingspan of almost 200cm.

Swooping House MartinsSwooping House Martins

Space for Nature Spiral
Space for Nature Spiral

The third artwork, Grounded Cirrus, is a waterside sculptural floral installation created by local studio Blooming Haus, featuring two woven beech structures surrounded by roses. St George says this permanent organic sculpture will function as a natural ark for wildlife such as moorhens, local house martin and bee population and will evolve and develop its own seasonality, as the roses come in and out of bloom, and the metalwork within the piece rusts with time.

Grounded Cirrus
Grounded Cirrus

The garden and sculptures are all on public display within the development.


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