Working with Sarah Eberle on ‘Hillier’s Spring’ show garden at RHS Chelsea 2017


Sarah Eberle Hillier Spring RHS Flower Show Garden Design

‘Hillier’s Spring’ Show Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle for RHS Chelsea 2017

This year, RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s most highly decorated designer, Sarah Eberle, has designed Hillier’s show garden once more. Named ‘Hillier’s Spring’, the entire garden is themed around a single word which holds so many feelings of pleasure, growth and excitement – Spring!

Garden Highlights

The most eye-catching feature of the garden is a 4.3-metre high spring. Winding from one end of the garden to the other, this impressive structure draws the viewers gaze & frames the entire garden. At the heart of the spring, the coils gather together. Inside this is a pavilion area, providing a calm retreat with a wonderful view over the entrancing pool. Our bamboo decking and cladding enhances the serenity within, giving the viewer a sense of simple pleasure.

A number of other themes are also included in the garden, achieved with creative planting. As Sarah explained, “Hillier is famed for its trees so of course trees form a large part of the design. I have included many shaped trees, as well as trees that are suitable for pots for use in difficult spaces. There are also shaped shrubs, showing alternatives to traditional Box topiary which is so sadly suffering from Box blight.”

“To this end, we have included a modern parterre. It uses ground cover foliage plants, clipped yew columns of varying heights and has elements of flowers rising above the foliage in areas. We also highlight a number of small shrubs, which are so important for today’s gardeners as smaller-scale gardens are increasingly in the majority.”

Sarah Eberle's RHS Chelsea Show Garden Design, 'Hillier's Spring', using Loknan Bamboo Decking and Cladding

RHS Chelsea Show Garden Design, ‘Hillier’s Spring’ by Sarah Eberle and using Loknan Bamboo Decking and Cladding

Sarah Eberle & Hillier at Chelsea

Sarah, who has won a gold medal in every category at Chelsea, is hoping this year’s design will see her win her 14th Chelsea gold medal. This would also help Hillier win their 72nd consecutive gold medal, furthering Hillier’s record as the most successful exhibitor in the show’s history.
Commenting on this year’s show garden, Sarah said “Working with Hillier again is something which I am very proud of. I started my show garden career with Hillier in the early 1990’s and they were instrumental in teaching me the craft of building a successful show garden. What goes around comes around!”

Behind the Scenes

To find out more about this exciting project, please see our dedicated page here.