RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

City Living

About This Project

Returning once again to RHS Chelsea, this time with a thought provoking Fresh Garden with a strong environmental message ‘City Living’ Winning both a gold medal and the coveted ‘Best In Category’ award, 2017 marks a triumphant return to The Chelsea Flower Show for Kate Gould Gardens.


City Living was set on a 12×6 plot and built across three levels, featuring a basement, mezzanine and top floor. Following in the footsteps of Kate’s 2013 garden ‘The Wasteland’, ‘City Living’ provided greenery to an imagined apartment block where there is very little scope for outdoor green space but where every opportunity, no matter how small, is used to provide useable outdoor spaces for residents whilst also providing much needed wildlife corridors in urban areas.


On the top level is an area shaded by a pergola, the mid levels have occasional seating and there are two secluded seating areas at basement level. The planting used throughout is a mix of hardy tropical shade lovers in the basement area whilst the planting on the upper floors responds to the light levels received in reality.


Medal: Gold

Category: Best Fresh Garden


Image copyright of Helen Fickling