On this episode of the garden podcast:
Peter Donegan chats with Kati Crome. A garden designer on the cusp of her 5th Chelsea Flower Show garden.
Kati has been working as a garden designer for around 14 years. Brought up talking botanical latin by both her mother and grandparents, Kati started as a graphic designer in BBC TV before moving to Post Production Producer in TV in Soho. With marriage and children, Kati retrained as a garden designer and 2018 will see her complete her 5th Chelsea Flower Show.
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The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden:
Embroidered Minds is a collaboration between writers, artists, doctors and historians to explore the effects of epilepsy, which affected the eldest daughter of William Morris and raise awareness of epilepsy and the challenges it can still carry today.
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The garden represents different states of a seizure. The pre-seizure area of the garden is calm and sedate with mainly green and white planting, including Acanthus mollis, used so often in Morris designs, and Valeriana officinalis, which was one of the first epilepsy drugs. An oak bench, tiled path and foreground garden are interrupted by dramatic, harsh and brown planting that represents a seizure. Beyond is the more vivid planting associated here with the possible heightening of the senses post seizure. Here orange spires of Eremurus, blue Aquilegia and white peonies flourish.
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Of note with this garden:
- Kati Crome – KatiCromeGardenDesign.co.uk
- Conway Landscapes – main contractor – www.conwaylandscapes.com
- Epilepsy Society – Sponsor – www.epilepsysociety.org.uk
Young Epilepsy – Sponsor – www.youngepilepsy.org.uk
- Sue Ridge – artist – www.sueridge.com – Sue and Andrew created the tile designs
- Toby Winteringham – tobywinteringham.co.uk – designed and created the oak bench
- Biotecture, Sustainable Living Walls – www.biotecture.uk.com
- Andrew Thomas – graphic designer, ceramicist and main sponsor – www.embroideredminds.co.uk
– Andrew was married to Leslie Forbes, the instigator of the project who had epilepsy and died following a seizure in July 2016.
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