Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Kevock Garden Plants

Kevock Meconopsis punicea  Photo © Alice Joyce

Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Having returned late yesterday from traveling in England – a trip that revolved around attendance at the Chelsea Flower Show’s Press Day, I lead off my first report, not with a controversial show garden, but rather, by offering a rare example of a heart-stopping moment: Certain to shine brightly in the constellation of countless garden sojourns. Perhaps it goes without saying: Moments of pure magic are few and far between. Certainly I was totally unprepared for the experience, which took place while roaming The Great Pavilion, hallowed site of much oohing and aahing over horticultural displays put together with impressive finesse in tandem with a keen, even lustful appreciation for plants from every corner of the garden realm. And so, walking along past the Kevock Garden Plants display I stopped in my tracks at the sight of Meconopsis punicea, an alpine species grown in Scotland by Stella and David Rankin.

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Botanical Gardens

Iconic American Landscape: Ruth Bancroft Garden

Bancroft Garden - Photo: Brian Kemble

Displaying an originality that outshines traditional garden settings, The Ruth Bancroft Garden, located in Walnut Creek, California, reveals an eccentric cast of characters, along with an enthusiasm for succulent plants that traces back to the 1950s, when Mrs. Bancroft began collecting potted specimens. Ruth Bancroft’s design artistry and gardening prowess as creator of an iconic landscape inspired the founding of The Garden Conservancy in 1989. Having set its sights on preserving our country’s horticultural legacy, the Conservancy championed the 3-acre Ruth Bancroft Garden, selecting it as the first to be listed on the organization’s register.

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Green Roofs/Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Vertical Garden - San Francisco's Drew School

Patrick Blanc Feb 2011 - Photo © Alice Joyce

Patrick Blanc has designed the newest San Francisco landmark: a Vertical Garden : Mur Vegetal, for The Drew School. This major green wall project in noteworthy for its use of California native plant species, The new Assembly Wing building addition to Drew School is designed by project architects: ROMA Design, to feature a Living Roof by Rana Creek.

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