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‘Herbert Smith Freehills Garden for WaterAid’ at RHS Chelsea 2013

A garden inspired by the work of the charity WaterAid is to be created at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show by former Capel Manor garden design students Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour of A Touch of France Garden Design. International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is sponsoring the garden in support of WaterAid for a second year.

The garden is inspired by the work of international charity WaterAid in areas of India that experience flooding; it reflects the transformation to people’s lives that can be brought about by access to clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation. This empowers communities, particularly women and children, giving them more time to generate an income, for example, through creating market gardens.

The backdrop is a simple house on stilts with a veranda. The surrounding garden is a blaze of colour, with marigolds, roses and hanging garlands being grown and prepared for sale in the cut-flower industry which is a big business in India.

The provision of safe, clean drinking water and rainwater harvesting are important elements of WaterAid’s work in some areas of northern India. These are represented in the garden by a working tap stand and rainwater harvesting ‘jar’/tank.

A timber plank walkway connects the tap stand area at the front of the garden to the house. Edging the garden are lush bamboos, rubber plants and Jasminum.

The Designers
Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour are delighted to be back at the Chelsea Flower Show for 2013 for a fifth time, with the ‘Herbert Smith Freehills garden for WaterAid’.

Patricia from Paris and Janet from London met at Capel Manor College while studying garden design. Having successfully graduated in 2006, they have exhibited at Chelsea with their courtyard gardens: – ‘Le Jardin de Vincent’ in 2007’ (relocated to Capel Manor Gardens); ‘Entente Cordiale’ in 2009; ‘Christian before Dior’ in 2010 and ‘Herbert Smith garden for WaterAid’ in 2012.

Their garden design business ‘A Touch of France Garden Design’ is based in Hertfordshire and covers all aspects of garden design.

Meet them at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21 – 25 May 2013 - Stand SEW1

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