Reigate garden designer to make Chelsea Flower Show debut

Reigate garden designer Matthew Childs is celebrating making his debut at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Matthew's design talent will be on show as city fund management firm Brewin Dolphin's Main Avenue garden in the show, due to take place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from May 20 to 24.

Brewin Dolphin, which has an office in Reigate, will be making its third consecutive appearance in the Main Avenue.

Since graduating in 2009, Matthew has risen in the industry to win a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold and 'best in category' at the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, followed by ‘best in show’ in 2013 for his Ecover Garden.

This summer he will be competing with the crème de la crème of landscape architects and garden designers at Chelsea.

Drawing on nature as his inspiration for the Brewin Dolphin garden, Matthew's design follows a classical, symmetrical layout, but is also contemporary and forward-thinking, with water used to capture a sense of calm, and two monumental copper arches and a wide zig-zag path dividing the garden into distinct areas, with the apertures in the arches acting as frames for focal points.

Matthew’s planting concept is spring-like in its colour palate, with greens, whites and zingy yellows offset by drifts of crimson and purple.

Matthew has chosen to work with the award-winning teams from Bowles and Wyer and Hortus Loci to respectively, build, source and grow plants for the garden.

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