Landscape and Garden Design RHS Chelsea 2014
Designing two gardens this year, Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design are cultivating a storm for the horticultural charity, Perennial - with an awkward shaped 'Fresh' garden and a floral marquee exhibit.
The Royal Horticultural Society anticipates the 'Fresh' gardens to demonstrate lateral thinking. Responding to this brief, London Square who are sponsors, chose a problematical space. Using new materials, creating a sculpture, which serves as a seat - a piece of art travels around the garden. Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design bravely use standard roses, which have been absent from Chelsea for some time. They also employ three magnificent multi-stem Betula utilis var and jacquemontii, with their remarkable bark, to create privacy and height.
Incorporating a colour spectrum of green and white with hints of pale apricot links in with a cream-coloured marble sculpture by Frederic Chevarin, the design promises to awe and inspire.
Having been named as the Society of Garden Designer's Future Designer of 2014, Jo wowed the judges with her coastal garden at Camber, they said, "The Judges' award this year focused on a sense of place. Jo Thompson's Sea Gem is an exquisite interpretation of a sandy dune-like garden in front of a coastal dwelling, which is not only strikingly beautiful, but first class in designing for a particular locality and capturing perhaps the most important aspect of good design - sense of place".
MiNiATURE, The Strand Gallery, London
Responding to many unusual briefs, Jo is not one to create a minute garden from paper. Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design was invited by Tom Harfleet, Kajsa Bjorne and Andrew Fisher Tomlin to take part in their MiNiATURE initiative. Here, landscape renowned designers, including Adam Frost, Andy Sturgeon, Sarah Eberle and John Brookes were invited to produce distinctive garden areas in a miniature format through 3D printing.
Saint-Petersburg Garden Festival, 6 -15 June 2014
Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design was asked to design a show garden for the VII Annual International Festival in Russia. They were supported by the Government of Saint Petersburg. Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, the celebration is held during ‘White Nights’ and is the focus for over 100,000 visitors.
London Square Show Home Garden in Fabulous Fulham
The property developers known as London Square have commissioned Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design to design a luxury show home garden for their Fulham Square development.
RHS Designing Kitchen Gardens: 21st June
There will be an RHS design solutions course hosted by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Jo Thompson, entitled; Designing Kitchen Gardens. The course focuses on creative and practical solutions for kitchen garden design as well as: the integration of spaces into the wider garden; planting to create space and form; and other essentials such as outdoor kitchens.
Judging Duties in Dubai.
In April, Jo joins a panel of judges assessing the standards of show gardens at Dubai's first International Garden Competition (DIGC).