Space garden wins flower show's gold medalIt includes a relaxation area for astronauts

22 May 2007

An astronaut's trip to Mars is the theme of the Chelsea Flower Show's best show garden, judges said today.

Called 600 Days With Bradstone, it aims to show the psychological effects of a long-term stay in space.

It contains a hanging chair and 'rest pod' where an astronaut can relax.

The garden's colour scheme is a mix of burnt orange, coppers and greys.

Bradstone's entry beat designs by TV gardeners Diarmuid Gavin and Chris Beardshaw, both of which scooped silver awards.

Feng Shui

A design called Through The Moongate was awarded bronze - despite reports that visitors had complained it flouted basic feng shui principles.

The Chinese garden was intended to draw the visitor through 'a series of sensual experiences', according to its description.

A group of students yesterday complained that a dragon statue was facing the wrong way and a carving of Buddha's name was too close to the ground, according to The Times.

But a spokeswoman for the Royal Horticultural Society, which organises the Chelsea Flower Show, said today: 'I think some of the visitors who were here made the comments but it is nothing that the RHS has said and we are not investigating.'

Urban basement

Judges at the London event gave gold awards to another six show garden designs.

An urban basement garden called Upstairs/Downstairs, designed to be a 'shady outdoor room', was named the best chic garden in the show.

The annual Chelsea Flower Show is open to the public from today until Saturday.

Around 157,000 visitors will attend the event, at which 600 exhibitors are showing off their plants and garden designs.

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