The Stitchers Garden was Champain Landscapes’ first project at the Chelsea Flower Show. We worked with Frederic Whyte who designed the garden and with Fine Cell Work who’s work the garden celebrated. We also worked closely with our sister company, Brampton Willows, to produce the bespoke woven willow panels featured in the two pavilion structures.
The garden celebrated Fine Cell Work, a charity teaching prisoners needlework, a skill that nurtures their self-worth and encourages them to lead independent and crime-free lives upon release.
Visitors enjoyed the garden through a ‘cell’. This simple structure, made of steel, with contemporary woven willow panels replicates the dimensions of their prison space. Opposite, a larger pavilion echoes the form of the cell. It is also constructed of steel, with more open woven willow panels. It is a metaphor for the space in which the creative exchange between prisoners, designers and Fine Cell Work takes place. Between these two structures is a pool with fountain jets. The pool sits in a herbaceous parterre, harmoniously filled with planting combinations in pale yellow, soft pinks and cream.
The garden feels restful and inspiring. It is reflective and uplifting, expansive and optimistic, solitary and celebratory, calming but colourful.