Kentish Coastal Forage Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2022
The Garden Creative: garden image

The brief

Design a trade stand to showcase Harrisons Ovens, hand built ovens made in Ramsgate. Plot size 6m x 4m.

The design

The Garden Creative designs beautiful, naturalistic gardens inspired by the coastline in Whitstable, so what better combination to create a trade stand that reflects the wild beauty and unique place we live in and create from.

Nettles, Hawthorn, young Lime leaves and wild garlic are among Spring delights to be discovered while later in the year edible flowers, delicious berries and juicy stone fruits ripen. Foraging along the seashore brings many unusual finds like Sea Kale, Sea beet and Samphire, along with seaweed, fennel and shellfish.

The concept

This idea goes hand in hand with the concept of re-purposing materials and this is something that is important to both Harrison Ovens and The Garden Creative as we become ever aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprint. So we are using a high percentage of reclaimed materials and giving new life to used timber and marine textiles. Old Kentish apple boxes will become walls and retired racing sails a canopy. Edible Samphire, Sea Kale and Sea Purslain will snuggle amongst shingle, pebbles and cockle-shells beneath statuesque Hogs Fennel, a plant of Roman origins unique to our coastline along North Kent and Essex.

The build

Landscaper - Ochre Gardens Ltd
Plants - How Green nursery Ltd, Somerset Samphire, Iris of Sissinghurst, 9-Trees CIC
Design, planting, styling – The Garden Creative

The plant list

Foraged edibles

Humulus lupulus (Kentish Hop)
Disphyma crassifolium (Salty fingers)
Sesuvium portulacastrum (Sea Purslain)
Salicornia europaea (Marsh Samphire)
Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima (Sea Beet)
Crambe maritime (Sea Kale)
Thymus 'Redstart'
Thymus officianalis 'compactum’
Rheum rhabarbarum
Angelica archangelica
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's Lace)
Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic)
Fragaria vesca (Wild strawberry)
Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)
Bronze fennel
Foeniculum vulgate
Valerian officianalis
Borago officinalis
Salvia officinalis
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

Grasses & gravel garden plants

Sisyrichium striatum
Nepeta ‘Neptune’
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
Centranthus ruber
Centranthus ruber Alba
Silene maritima
Cerinthe major purpurescens
Allium cristophii
Dianthus carthusianorum
Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Achillea tomentosa 'Aurea'
Limonium latifolium
Leucanthemum vulgare
Calamagrostis Waldenbuch
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’
Iris ‘Kent Pride’

Trees and Shrubs

Betula Pendula
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’
Crateagus monogyna
Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’
Pinus sylvestris