Morgan Stanley is working with designer Chris Beardshaw for its 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show to create ‘The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC’.
As with Morgan Stanley’s previous show gardens, the garden will reflect the firm’s commitment to the wellbeing of children and aims to raise awareness of the NSPCC, the firm’s current charity partner.
Beardshaw, who in 2018 will be celebrating 20 years exhibiting show gardens, began the design process for the garden in July 2017 when he visited the NSPCC to meet some of its practitioners and to learn more about the charity’s work.
The garden design aims to provide a metaphor for the emotional transformation that takes place in a child as they experience the impact of the NSPCC’s work.
At the start of the garden, the direction of the path is unclear. It moves through a sheltered and densely planted woodland space, filled with a variety of shrubs, including a selection of acid loving rhododendrons and azaleas, shaded by the canopy of large specimen trees.
As the path reaches a corner, it turns to reveal a more open and tranquil space ahead, planted with soft textured perennials in velvety shades of blues, pinks and purples.
The path then steps up to a bespoke cedar wood pavilion, which is enclosed at the rear by a calm and reflective pool.
The pavilion has been designed by Beardshaw and features a series of moveable screens which can be closed to create privacy.
Beardshaw said: “It is a privilege to be working with Morgan Stanley again at Chelsea and to be able to create a garden with such a strong and important narrative. It was extremely humbling to visit the NSPCC and to learn more about their incredibly challenging and broad ranging work with children.
“We want to raise awareness for the charity with a garden that is intrinsically a beautiful, healing and restorative space and which celebrates how a garden can make us feel.”