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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Q&A – Artisan – The IBTC Lowestoft Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden

After being commissioned to create a replica of an 800-year-old boat discovered on the Norfolk Broads, the International Boatbuilding Training College asked former student Gary Breeze to design a garden around the Norfolk and Suffolk Wetlands, the ‘Broadland’ landscape that would have provided the materials for a boat-builder as well as the sustenance for his family. The garden is sponsored by The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) and the plants supplied by Natural Gardens.

Q&A with the garden designer, Gary Breeze:

When did you first start working on the original design and how long did it take to perfect?

The sponsor discussed creating a garden to promote the College around the middle of July 2016. Bearing in mind that I had only finished at Chelsea 2016 at the start of June and that designs have to be submitted by the end of August, I had about a month to prepare an outline proposal.

What are the stand out features of this particular garden?

The main feature of the garden is a medieval oak boat under construction within a Broadland landscape setting. The planting will be indigenous to that time and place and naturalistic and even feature some of last year’s reeds, which will be a challenge.

Did the sponsor provide a detailed brief? If so, how did you interpret this within your design?

The College usually promotes itself through various trade boat shows. The brief was only that we should help to promote the work of the College in a different setting. It so happens that the College was commissioned by the Broad Authority in 2015 to build a replica of a medieval boat discovered on the Broads two years before. This seemed like an ideal source of inspiration.

What is so special about having a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?

For me personally I like to push myself as a designer. I’ve been a professional sculptor for over 25 years and have worked in many different fields of design, always striving to work at the highest level in whatever I’ve tried to achieve. Chelsea is the pinnacle for landscape designers and an incredible opportunity for anybody. For the sponsor, Chelsea attracts such a large number of visitors and such a lot of media attention that it’s got to be worth doing.

How do you hope the public/visitors will perceive this garden?

I hope that visitors will see the beauty of the Broadlands combined with the beauty of the craftsmanship involved in wooden boat building. I hope that this combination will be inspiring to people; that they will see how people can work with their hands and with natural materials to create a beautiful environment.

 

Q&A with the contractor, Natural Gardens:

What are you looking forward to most about the build?

We are hoping that the garden will come together smoothly. If that happens we’re looking forward to creating something amazing together that we can be proud of for a long time to come.

What’s going to be the biggest challenge on the build?

The biggest challenge will be getting a vast amount of hard landscaping, soil, water and plants, not to mention a boat, into Chelsea on time!

Are specialist contractors required for any elements?

We are employing Natural Gardens, specialists in wild gardens and ponds, to oversee the growing and planting of the native plants and trees.

If you could take one thing away with you from this garden, what would it be?

As both sponsor and builder we are lucky that we can take everything away!

Do you think the judges have enough knowledge of the complexity of construction when deciding on the medals?

I don’t think it’s the judges job to compare complexity when thinking about who deserves what kind of medal. I hope that judges will always look at the finished garden only, however simple or complex, and respond to how the garden makes them feel; whether it works as a design. The complexity or degree of difficulty of the build is the responsibility of the designer, and if something doesn’t look right or is badly put together, the judges would be right, in our view, to be critical.

 

Lyn Tupper, director of IBTC Lowestoft, said: “Lowestoft attracts students with many interesting and varied backgrounds, not least Gary Breeze.  To be offered an opportunity to display and promote the skills we teach and the local environment in which we are based at such a prestigious event is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an organisation such as ours.”

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