Narnia Garden - Philadelphia Flower Show 2015
This garden, created for the Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the classic story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
We took some of the elements from the story that spoke to us and that we felt we could truly bring to life in a show garden style that was engaging but also had achievable goals for the show visitor.
Evacuated to a Country House set in the rolling English countryside sheltered from Blitz ridden London a game of hide and seek leads to a magical land where all is not as it first appears.
The Garden laid out here draws on this English Country House, a hopefully peaceful refuge to which so many children like Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter were sent to safely live out the Second World War. However this house is like no other thanks to a wardrobe which leads to the magical land of Narnia where the White Witch has cast a spell so it is forever winter but never Christmas.
The Garden is classically English, wide lawns, clipped hedges and wealth of herbaceous planting giving way to a garden pavilion. Inside this little space a wardrobe can be glimpsed, its door ajar.
Through the wardrobe and creeping around the side of the garden, Narnia with its iconic gas light where Lucy first meets Mr Tumnus is held in winter which has lasted for over 100 years. This still, icy land looks on first glance inviting, magical but the snow holds a dark secret which is often seen as a metaphor for the totalitarianism which swept across Europe.