It is the first time that a Korean garden has been shown at the Chelsea Flower Show, and designer Jihae Hwang has been rewarded with a gold medal and the accolade of Best Artisan Garden. Rather like at Cannes, where there’s the main event and Un Certain Regard, at Chelsea there’s the Show Gardens and the smaller Artisan Gardens. With the success this year, maybe Korea can take on the challenge of a Show Garden in future years.
Robert Hillier, the RHS Chair of Small Gardens panel commented:
The Korean garden was amazing. The subject was very unusual for the British mentality but apparently normal in Korea and not a thing that people find humourous. There were certain areas where various materials from Korea and from Devon were used. The garden was beautifully executed and done entirely to brief.
In fact, around 30% of the planting came from Korea, with the remainder sourced from the UK. Nice to know that my own home county provided some of the material.
The garden is in a shaded corner of the Chelsea showground, and the location suits the style of garden which lacks the vibrant colour of some of the showier gardens. But among the visitors on the RHS members’ day the garden seemed to be generating more interest than some of the other artisan gardens, and the cognoscenti were genuinely impressed.
- Haewooso page on RHS website
- The outside toilet in Park Wan-suh’s childhood memories – part 1
- The outside toilet in Park Wan-suh’s childhood memories – part 2
Thanks to Louise for the photos