Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrates music and education

Martin Cullingford25th May 2017

Collaboration between NYO and Chris Beardshaw puts music at the roots of the Morgan Stanley Garden

Music was at the roots of this year’s Morgan Stanley Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, designed by Chris Beardshaw, pictured here with the broadcaster Katie Derham (Morgan Stanley/John Campbell).
‘This year’s garden is a…vibrant celebration of the patterns found not only in nature, but also in music, art and communities,’ said Chris Beardshaw (Morgan Stanley/John Campbell).
The garden featured a collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO), and its principal composer, 17-year-old Lauren Marshall (Morgan Stanley/John Campbell)
Lauren Marshall's musical response to the garden, 'Linger in Light', was performed at the Chelsea Flower Show this week (Morgan Stanley/John Campbell)
‘I learned that it’s possible to see gardens as a linear journey for the visitor,’ said composer Lauren Marshall. ‘It’s actually very similar to the way that composers think about composition.’ (Morgan Stanley/John Campbell)
‘I’ve often thought that designing and orchestrating a garden shares similarities with composing a piece of music, so when thinking about this garden, I was inspired by pieces from Mozart and Bach,’ Chris Beardshaw continued (eleventenths).
‘In a garden, plants are placed thoughtfully and purposefully into a structure that evokes an emotional response. Music is no different. There’s rhythm, pacing, colour and volume in both gardening and music, and in my mind, there is much in common between the two,’ Beardshaw added (eleventenths).
Designed in three distinct sections, the garden features verdant woodland, a terrace of perennials and an oak and limestone pavilion (eleventenths).
After the RHS Chelsea Flower Show closes on Saturday, the garden will be donated to Groundwork, a charity that offers young people training and job opportunities (eleventenths).

This year's Morgan Stanley Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show featured a collaboration between garden designer Chris Beardshaw, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) and its principal composer, 17-year-old Lauren Marshall.

You can learn more about the garden by clicking the first image above to open the gallery, while listening to Marshall's response to the garden, Linger in Light (click here to download the music, performed by the NYO)

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