About The M&G Garden 2019

We’ve commissioned designer Andy Sturgeon and contractor Crocus to create The M&G Garden for 2019’s Show.

Celebrating the beauty of nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate and colonise all kinds of landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden in 2019 is a vibrantly green and lush environment. It features a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world, all of which are able to grow and thrive in the British climate.

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Among young trees and ferns, jewel-like flowers bring colour to this woodland garden, shining through the greenery in rich tones of blue, orange, white and deep purple. The contrasting textures of the diverse planting is enhanced by massive sculptures representing ancient rock formations, fashioned from 15 tonnes of sustainable burnt-oak timber by the British craftsman Johnny Woodford. The regenerative theme of new life and growth is carried through with a series of small pools and clear streams trickling through the garden alongside a staircase of vast English ironstone platforms, ending in a tranquil pool.

 

Andy’s Inspiration

Watch our video to find out Andy’s inspiration behind The M&G Garden design. For more details on the plants he will be using, download the plant list below.

 

M&G Garden time lapse

Watch our time lapse video showing the build of The M&G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon.

 

M&G Garden tour

Take a tour of The M&G Garden. Andy Sturgeon explains how the garden celebrates the power of nature to regenerate and colonise all kinds of landscapes with new growth.

The M&G Garden - behind the scenes

 
 

Pioneering plants

The M&G Garden features trees and plants that are 'pioneers' when it comes to rejuvenating landscapes.

Andy Sturgeon wants to show the power of plants to change landscapes and these ‘pioneer plants’ are often the first to generate new life when landscapes evolve. Great examples of these are Equisetum, ferns and Restios.

Pioneering plants native to the UK feature in the garden including Epilobium ‘fireweed’ and Polemonium caeruleum ‘Jacobs ladder’. Also there, perhaps surprisingly, are hardy orchids such as Cypripedium ‘Slipper orchid’ as they too have an astonishing ability to thrive and populate in the harshest conditions. As you would expect the planting has been carefully selected to help tell this garden’s story of rejuvenation giving it an optimistic, life-enforcing quality.

 
 

Sculpture in The M&G Garden

Inspired by rock formations found on an Australian beach, huge burnt-oak sculptures slice through the woodland planting in The M&G Garden this year.

The huge oak sculptures are intended to show off the incredible plants and they make a dramatic backdrop to every leaf and flower. Together with the English ironstone sourced from the Cotswolds, they frame vistas slicing through the garden and define paths and places to sit.

The regenerative theme of new life and growth is carried through with a series of small pools and clear streams trickling through the garden ending in a tranquil pool.

This is not a garden with some sculpture in it. The garden is sculpture.

About our sponsorship

For the past decade, M&G has proudly sponsored the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with the aim of providing inspiration to gardeners and investors alike. Through our partnership with the RHS, we have been able to inspire growth in the nation’s gardens and support the RHS’ vision to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. M&G aims to help people from all walks of life give their savings the potential for growth through investments. We put their money to work in the economy by making investments that help businesses to grow.

The value from a fund’s assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.

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