19 Jan Charlie Albone takes on Chelsea Flower Show 2015
The garden titled ‘The time in between’ has been designed as a space where Charlie could express his personal milestones since the passing of his father who sadly died when he was just 17.
The show garden Charlie has designed features three key areas. The entry is a broad, sweeping path through mixed plantings of both Australian and exotic species. The breadth of the path expresses a space wide enough for Charlie and his two sons to walk, along with his father.
The path leads on past a broad water feature of four and a half metres width. This feature is to fill with water to capacity and then rapidly empty in approximately 3 seconds – an impressive engineering feat in itself. This area will signify reflection on the loss of Charlie’s father and the feeling he was left upon his passing.
The path continues to the rear of the garden where it terminates in a space embraced by large sandstone columns symbolising Charlie’s family and centred by a beautiful stone fire pit representing his wife.
Charlie takes with him not only the hopes of a nation for another Australian win, but also over 25 tonnes of Australian stone, along with other materials which are all being shipped to the UK for the creation of his garden. With the backing of both Husqvarna and Gardena he is also unlikely to be without any piece of garden equipment he could hope for!
“My acceptance into the Chelsea Flower Show is a real dream come true for me. Not just on a professional level. I’ve always wanted to find the right way to sharemy life with dad since I lost him at 17. For me, this is the grandest yet natural way to do so.” – Charlie Albone
We wish Charlie well and will keep you up to date with his progress over coming months. You might also like to follow him on Twitter @charlesalbone