When the sun comes out one of my favourite places to be is my garden, the beauty of working from home means sometimes my patio can be my office, which is probably why pinning garden inspiration has become of my top things to do on Pinterest. So this year I thought I’d get some inspiration in person at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
First off, the Chelsea Flower Show is one hell of a garden show, so much to see, thousands of people in your way, patience is needed to visit, and you literally leave with tons of ideas that you want to bring to your own piece of paradise. There were lots of gardens I adored, but there was one that made me stop, forget about the crazy crowds, and take a deep breath and just enjoy it, and that was The Beauty of Islam garden, designed by the first female Emirates landscape designer, Kamelia Bin Zaal of Al Barari, Dubai.
The garden was designed to act as a sanctuary, with an aim to inspire relaxation, and it really resonated with me. I really loved how it was designed to reflect the beauty of the Arabic and Islamic cultures, which really came across with the use of calligraphy, the traditional Arabic pattern that set into a 45-degree angle, and the clean marble and materials used throughout that really made it standout.
I really think I could have stood looking at this beauty all afternoon, I loved the mixture of textures with the marble and concrete, set against the flowing water running through the garden, and I adored all the archways leading through to different areas of the garden, it made it grand, and worked beautifully with the plants, including jasmine, fig trees, rosemary and papyrus, which were chosen to tell the story of the spice route and the growth of the Arabic empire through trade.
The think the fact it was so different from the other gardens is why it made an impression on me, I also love it when I learn something, as I didn’t realise how important poetry was in Arabic cultures, and the translation of the poem written around the garden honouring his Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, really is beautiful.
I’m not sure how much you could replicate, maybe the clean and simple look, which would work if you have a small space and don’t want to opt for boring grass, I love the idea of adding statement quality trees and making them a feature, or even the idea of adding water to flow between different areas of the garden.
I think it has made me think about adding my own sanctuary to relax, somewhere worries don’t follow, a spot to ease the stresses of everyday life. I don’t know what that will be, but I’m excited to find out, this garden really has inspired me.