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Show Garden - 'Defiance'
Green Living Spaces Category
RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2019

RHS Medal - Gold
Best Green Living Spaces

No.30 Design Studio would like to thank everyone who helped bring 'Defiance' to life, with special thanks to:


Palms Exotics by Michelle

Hortus Loci



Design It Landscapes
London Stone
Stone Warehouse
The Pot Company
Keyscapes Design & Construction



Defiance was inspired by balconies that are over spilling with plants in an otherwise concrete façade; defiant of their location, bringing joy to all who see it. It was designed as a London balcony garden, belonging to traveler returning from Brazil, craving the lush green of the tropics, wishes to escape the harsh realities of inner-city life by indulging their plant obsession.

The exotic feel to the planting is inspired by Sara’s travels in Brazil, where the garden of Modernist landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx made a real impression. The walls of the interior are papered with murals from her photos taken there.

The message to be taken from the garden is matter how small or ugly a space may seem, anything can be made to be beautiful and inviting, it just takes imagination and creativity and some key specimen plants to create a lush, enticing haven, even in the middle of a concrete jungle.

A full plant list is here.

Pond Plants by Dorset Water Lilies:

Equisetum hyemale 'Robustum'

Butomus umbellatus

Cyperus alternafolius

Scirpus cernuus

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Alba'

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