Suber Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Suber Garden was designed to highlight the disappearance of managed Cork Oak forests in the Mediterranean basin. gardenmakers were inspired to use cork as the theme for their show garden because of the threat posed to cork production by the increasing use of screw top and plastic bottle stoppers. Cork is a versatile product which has been harvested from the Cork Oak (Quercus suber) for centuries in environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is felled. The Suber Garden draws attention to the need for finding alternative uses for cork to ensure the protection of these important, biodiverse landscapes and the continued livelihood of the cork farmers.
Designed as an urban courtyard, the garden echoes the colours and qualities of the cork tree. A semi-circular wall represents the shape and vivid orange colour of the newly harvested oak tree trunk. A combination of grasses, herbaceous perennials and shrubs in a palette of greens, cinnamon and burgundy flow around the Cork Oak tree. Cork wall panels, bench and large water bowl are all examples of the versatility of this naturally produced material.