The Water Saving Garden – RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A Container Garden designed by Chiltern Garden Design for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024, sponsored by Affinity Water.

Chiltern Garden Design is excited to announce that we have been selected to design and create a Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

The Water Saving Garden, in the Container Gardens category, represents a big step for Chiltern Garden Design as it’s our very first Show Garden. It’s a chance to get a very important message about water conservation, an issue close to our hearts, out onto the world stage.

This contemporary courtyard space has water saving measures at its heart, featuring rainwater collection tanks and  interconnected sleek planters fed with rainwater. Delivering water straight to the roots of the plants reduces the amount of watering required by approximately 30%.

The garden is a love letter to the Chilterns’ iconic chalk streams, highlighting the urgent need to save and re-use rainwater, a cause championed by Affinity Water’s Save Our Streams campaign.

The sound of running water, with timber walkways amongst lush restful planting in shades of blue and white give a nod to the landscape of our chalk streams.

With temperatures hitting record highs, drought and hosepipe bans, the effects of climate change have started to hit home in recent summers. Having made her home in the Chilterns twenty years ago, Sam has grown to love its rolling hills and rare chalk streams.

Chalk streams are one of the world’s rarest and most vulnerable habitats, with 85% of the world’s chalk streams in England. Fed by aquifers in chalk hills sixty million years old, they provide naturally gin-clear, nutrient-rich waters which support an astonishing array of species. But these ecosystems are under strain. We need to inspire people to take the initiative to save water in gardens. In England in particular, unless we take collective responsibility for the crisis our chalk streams are in, we’ll lose them and the extraordinary biodiversity they support.  If we all try to use less tap water and more rainwater and grey water, we can all do our bit to prevent these delicate chalk stream habitats from disappearing.

Affinity Water’s Save Our Streams campaign is a perfect fit with the message of this garden, offering simple ways to save water and money, including free water saving devices for home and garden.

We look forward to showcasing this garden at RHS Chelsea in May. If you’re thinking of visiting the show, please do come and visit the garden, drop by for a chat and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there!