Incorporating Elements Beyond Plants

Guest Correspondence

Robert Davie is the founder of Robert Davie Landscaping

Editor's Notes: Robert Davie attended the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May. This is the first in a two-part series on the event.

The beautiful collection of flowers never ceases to inspire. You go to these things because you want to see something remarkably creative, something ingenious something very clever that somebody hasn’t done. Something that stuck out for me that they do, especially in the U.K., they use all types of elements. You have aluminum bands that look like reverberating sound waves. These things are are there for effect and create dimension, texture, substance. They create another complete new genre of things that can be in your garden other than plants. They really aren’t sculpture, just part of the elements to add to the overall feeling and balance. If you have a big stage, you have room for elements

Along the same vein, I was impressed by screens where they were laser-cutting aluminum and brushing them down to make beautiful mechanical motifs out of them. I am working on a project right now where we’ve designed them in.  There are gorgeous patterns with many different applications in landscaping, to shield something or add to a view.

Robert Davie is the founder of Robert Davie Landscaping

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