Wrapping Up the Chelsea Flower Show: Fairtytale Gardens, Prince Harry + Sumptuous Roses
'As is often the case at Chelsea, my favorite gardens were epic show gardens with water features and sculptural hardscape worthy of a New York art gallery and plantings that offered a perfect fantasy garden in a confined space... Pure Land Foundation Garden... blew me away.'
Orange is the New White... and five other lessons we learned at Chelsea.
'Fernando Gonzalez's Pure Land Foundation garden embodies the trend... Curviest of all are the sparkling white walls of Fernando Gonzalez's garden, which are designed to mimic the mountains of China and look organic rather than designed.'Download PDF
The Chelsea Flower Show attracts the great and the good of the gardening world, business executives, and royalty. House & Home Editor, Jane Owen, a gold-medal winner herself at the show went down earlier... to pick out her highlights:
Fernando Gonzalez... Very beautiful garden… with planting softening an extraordinary structure”
The Show Must Grow On: The winning designs and on-trend blooms from Chelsea
'Fernando Gonzalez's Pure Land Foundation garden... the planting was gorgeous: in golds, apricots, and rusts'Download PDF
'The finish is a white resin composite. But the texture of the finish can be anything you want. It can be bronze, it can be copper, it can be gold.
...the more you use the computer, the more organic the shapes can become. And this garden was inspired by the mountains, the valleys, the rivers - the landforms of nature. As Gaudi said there are no straight lines in nature.'
Fresh ideas from Chelsea: 14 ideas from the Chelsea Flower Show 2015
'... designer Fernando Gonzalez's "Pure Land Foundation Garden"... a wonderful Gaudiesque space of fiery planting and undulating, white walls'Download PDF
The official garden guide to the Pure Land Foundation Garden unveilved at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Information includes Sponsor's Message, Garden Inspiration, Featured Planting and Garden Legend.Download PDF
'Of course most gardens at Chelsea are designed by computer but this one, the Pure Land Foundation garden just goes that extra mile because it’s designed using software that’s used in the aerospace industry so really- at the cutting-edge. And in fact, in the manufacture of the garden all of this composite material was cut using computerised cutters with robots, so it really is the latest thing.
But and it’s a big but- it’s all so beautifully rounded and soft and organic. And that softness is very much picked up on in the planting, I love these Golden Rain trees not always seen at Chelsea - three of them on this garden and they create this wonderful sort of dapple shade and that Iris called Kent Pride is irresistible; and the wonderful bronze colouring just picks up in the geums and this variety of grasses.
For me this garden really shows that you can marry high-tech and nature, beautifully.'
"Nowadays anything can be bespoke
Your garden doesn't need to look like anybody else's
It will be your fantasy... it will be whatever you want in your garden."
Chelsea Flower Show: Soak up dazzling displays
'... Fernando has chosen jesmonite as his material of choice for organic, flowing walls and seating in his Pure Land Foundation Garden... although it might take a while before jesmonite, used at Buckingham Palace, filters down to your local DIY store."Download PDF
"...it’s more than likely that someone, somewhere, at some point between now and the end of the week will crave a moment’s peace, and perhaps the garden that Fernando Gonzalez is busy creating for Pure Land Foundation will be the place to go."Download PDF
'... it's the Fresh gardens, as might be expected that show a more cutting-edge use of materials... Fernando Gonzalez shows how the casting resin Jesmonite can be cut, using technology from the aerospace industry, to make a shimmering organic structure that interplays with the relaxed planting"
Finding Fame in Fitzrovia
"These start at £9.25 million... plus a terrace that ranges from 1,600 sq ft to 3,100... The gardens on these terraces have been designed by Fernando Gonzalez, a Chelsea Flower Show medal-winner."Download PDF
"... Silver-Gilt Floral Medal:
Sponsored by: Viking River Cruises
Designed by: Fernando Gonzalez"
"He's used acrylic stone in the design... 'The Sound of Silence'... making a bold statement"
"Fernando Gonzalez executed his striking Japanese Zen garden design with thermoformed mountains made of solid surface Hi-Macs"
The Marmite moment may well be provided by The Sound Of Silence, designer Fernando Gonzalez's take on Japanese zen gardens: it features a single bonsai tree, ripples of acrylic "stone"..."
"Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening world's answer to Fashion Week... Show manager Sarah Easter gives a heads up of the trends expected... a Zen-inspired space called 'The Sound of Silence'"
The official garden guide to the Sound of Silence Garden unveilved at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013. Information includes Garden Inspiration, Featured Planting and Garden Legend.
"RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a remarkable constant, with its continuining excellence in horticulture, innovative garden design and breathtaking displays of the latest plants grown to perfection..."
"Fernando Gonzalez... A garden inspired by the austerity of Japanese Zen gardens... Sponsor: Viking River Cruises"
"By accepting the very innovative designs by Fernando Gonzalez, the show proves it is embracing innovation and audacity in style.Fernando Gonzalez is probably one of the most daring outdoor designers in the world right now"
Fernando Gonzalez, One of the 50 Most Innovative Practices
“…filled by a sculpture of seats and planters by garden designer Fernando Gonzalez…”
"I love my apartment... my favouite room is my internal terrace, which was recently designed by the landscape architect Fernando Gonzalez..."
"at the moment it remains dormant waiting for the perfect conditions in which to infiltrate and replicate itself across our environment."
"…a visionary designer for the contemporary landscape… Fernando’s mode of expression is refreshing…”
"...beyond the ordinary and conventional in garden design through computational technique and inventive manufacturing processes..."