Above, part 1. Below part 2 with Ian Price.
On This Weeks Garden Podcast:
Peter Donegan chats with Ian Price, Garden Designer at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
Following his breakthrough gold medal success at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2014, idverde is delighted to be supporting Northern Irish designer, Ian Price, as he takes his place for the first time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ian is making his debut with a heartfelt garden created to represent his personal experience of suffering from and living with depression. The garden, ‘Mind Trap’, is his unique interpretation of what it’s like to suffer from a debilitating mental health problem.
‘Mind Trap’ endeavours to explain to others that have no personal experience of suffering what it may feel like, by way of a physical tangible living garden where every element is symbolic of the struggle with mental ill health. The garden’s mission is also to remind other sufferers that they are not alone, and to highlight the role that green spaces can take in the recovery and management of mental health.
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The garden will be enclosed with viewing panels representing bars, and with contrast planting designed to look as though withering or dying with more vibrant and healthy plants. The main materials include metal walls, a central pool with an isolated seat in the middle, and paths which will be finished with loose gravel. Planting will reinforce the metaphor of the difference between the darkness of depression and the light that symbolises hope and recovery as shade tolerant, darker planting drifts into brighter and sun loving plants.
This in two parts, is the story of Ian Price the person, the garden designer and the creator of the Mind Trap garden at RHS Chelsea 2017.