RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013

The SeeAbility/Coutts garden

After visiting several support services (assisted living accommodation) and meeting with both workers and service users we began to understand the obstacles caused by visual impairments and developed a design built around bold architectural shapes that created excitement and intrigue for people with a visual impairment while also acting as a means of further explaining the symptoms of eye conditions to the general public.

The planting consisted of brightly coloured groups with strong contrasting colours framed in a boundary of fastigiate Hornbeam. The centre piece to the garden is a water feature made of thousands of mirrored stainless steel balls that hung as a curtain with droplets of water slowly running over each ball emphasising both shape, texture, light and dark.