Charlie's Special Project for the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show

This year, our very own Charlie Albone has been selected as the only Australian entrant at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. Find out more about this amazing project and his garden design for the prestigious show. 

It’s true – I am mostly known for Selling Houses Australia but over the last few years I have been ducking back to the U.K. visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London and making TV shows about it for the LifeStyle Channel.  Well this year will be a bit different as I will be biting the bullet and exhibiting a large show garden myself.

The garden is sponsored by Husqvarna and Gardena and they are a great fit for the project as they are at the forefront of innovation and quality within the horticultural industry.

My garden is inspired by the death of my father when I was aged 17.  The space is a garden to meet with him and tell him about my life since his passing.  I have designed a space to celebrate life but to also be emotive and intimate. 

The garden is split into three sections and each element of the garden means something to me.  The first third is a walk down a meandering path with planting either side.  The path is 2 metes wide so I can walk down it with my father and children hand in hand.  The plants are all ones that do well in a Sydney climate but may not be ones that you immediately think of – there will be cloud plantings of Buxus, Indian Hawthorn and Viburnum with romantic spires of Foxgloves and Delphiniums.

The central section is based around a large water feature that empties within 5 seconds to represent the feeling of life slipping away.  The water feature is designed and built in conjunction with Australian Plunge Pools.  Above this hanging off the wall will be a copper sculpture designed by myself and young award winning sculpture Luke Storrier (son of Archibald winning Tim Storrier).

The rear section is a sunken intimate courtyard that focuses around a dry stone fire pit, which represents my wife as the centre and fire in my life.  Surrounding this sunken area will be 17 hand carved sandstone pillars supplied by Australia’s largest sandstone quarry - Capricorn quarries, and they represent important people and family in my life.

Only the finest quality and craftsmanship is expected at the Chelsea Flower Show so I have once again engaged the best in the business Conway Landscaping to travel with me and build the project.  Andrew Winter offered but I kindly declined!

This project has become all consuming so I’m sure you will be hearing a lot more about it in the near future!

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