Melissa Jolly Garden Design

Melissa Jolly Garden Design
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Monday, 24 January 2011

A Roof top Terrace

3 weeks to go until my next show garden 'Sky-Green Living' goes on display at the RHS London Plant and Design Show.

Just before Christmas I had a call from the RHS asking if I would be interested in designing a garden for this London show - the first in the RHS shows calender. After designing my garden for BBC Gardener's World Live last year, I think I had been hesitant about doing another show garden - especially on a tight budget - but here I am getting on with another one. I felt flattered that the RHS had asked me and am very excited now to be doing another show. The brief for this garden was simply to design a roof terrace 5m x 4m in size. I am especially excited by the chance to showcase tiles from Royal Mosa, Netherlands, furniture from Cane-line in Denmark and artwork from LSd in Italy, combined, these provide a contemporary sleekness which will be softened by green roof and living wall planting - which happened to be in line with the RHS's push for urban greening - more on that later.

Just under 3 weeks to go until I start putting it together at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, SW1. With only 2 days to build this garden it's going to be a different experience to last year's show, with virtually all the garden pre-made. I'll be keeping a diary on progress and explaining the design over the next few weeks. Until then....