The Mind’s Eye Garden, designed by award-winning landscape designers LDC, will feature in the show’s Fresh Garden category, which champions innovation and creativity, challenging designers to think outside the traditional perceptions of a Chelsea garden.
The garden was inspired by a joint scheme between Countryside and RNIB to redevelop the existing RNIB Community Living Service facilities at Redhill, Surrey. Currently in planning, this innovative scheme will produce a model for integrated supported living, which will be unique in the UK and will provide an environment to benefit the whole community. Properties for RNIB residents will be built amongst houses available for private sale, to ensure an integrated and vibrant community and there will be a wide range of community facilities. As a key element of the overall masterplan, a sensory trail will wind its way through the development to form part of the RNIB educational programme. This will feature many of the key sensory design elements within The Mind’s Eye garden.
Water is used as a wayfinder with a series of deep, dark rills running through the four climatic planting zones of the garden. At the centre is a glass cube partially covered in moving water designed to refract light and offer a stimulating visual experience.
The aim of the garden is to stimulate the ‘mind’s eye’ by encouraging visitors to engage in an intimate experience of touch, sound, taste and aroma. Throughout the space we will use contrasting materials and textures which will challenge visitors to use their imagination and memory.
The garden is loosely divided into four zones – open woodland, damp/wet shady woodland, temperate prairie border and Mediterranean/arid border. Naturalistic planting covers horizontal and vertical plant beds to contrast and soften the hard landscaping.
It needed to be bright enough to have effect in the fantastic may sunshine so has 144 5 watt LED’s inside.
The concept is to stimulate the senses and make the user feel like they are about to fall into the abyss.
With a layer of 33mm thick laminated glass the over all unit is only 136mm deep but has the illusion of depth disappearing off into infinity.
We are very proud to announce that it won a gold medal in today’s judging.