The majestic Cheesewrings on Bodmin Moor, the rock pools and beach streams of the Cornish coast and the gardens at Trebah and Trewithen inspired Tom Hoblyn to create the Homebase Cornish Memories Garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Conjuring up memories of childhood exploration of the region, Tom created a garden that was a pleasing contrast to the familiar linear-style Chelsea gardens – easy on the eye, organic and natural.
The garden, Tom’s fourth for Chelsea, incorporated an ambitious granite-edged natural swimming pool and a striking glass-topped circular pavilion with accompanying shadow pool, set amongst wild, naturalistic planting. Tom chose authentic Cornish granite to edge both the natural swimming pool and pavilion shadow pool and to form this basis of a ‘rivulet path’ that ran through the centre of garden joining the two pools. The granite, which was sourced from the last remaining commercial quarry in Cornwall, arrived on site in one tonne jigsaw pieces and was pieced together with millimeter perfection to create the dramatic rivulet path. The path was intricately carved to create three water channels that weaved through the garden crossing at points to create a powerful water flow that emulated the beach streams of the Cornish Coast. After the show, the garden was relocated to the Eden Project in Cornwall.