Show Gardens

Ann-Marie was delighted to have been asked by the Royal Horticultural Society to design their official ‘Greening Grey Britain’ Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2016. Following the garden’s success, Ann-Marie was selected by BBC Countryfile to design their garden at RHS Hampton Court in 2018 to commemorate their 30th anniversary celebrations. At over 600 square metres, this garden was three times the size of a main avenue large show garden at RHS Chelsea.

Ann-Marie Powell is an RHS Hampton Court Gold (2015), RHS Chelsea Gold (2010) and Silver Flora (2011) Medalist, representing Macmillan Cancer Support, Green and Black’s and The British Heart Foundation in association with Brewin Dolphin Investments.

Her show gardens always attract attention for their innovative design and naturalistic style, and her Gold Medals at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015 and Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 confirmed her status as one of the UK’s foremost garden designers.

Why create a show garden?

Show gardens at major flower and garden shows are an ideal opportunity to expand the boundaries of horticulture and gardening, to explore new possibilities, new materials, and new methods. We focus on achieving that judge-pleasing balance between great design and super execution, right down to the last leaf and petal to support your brand’s message.

Charity show gardens

For most visitors and TV viewers, the major attractions at RHS events such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park are the show gardens. They attract a massive amount of interest, attention and media coverage, making them an ideal way for your charity to get your message across to a wider population. Ann-Marie Powell worked with the British Heart Foundation to create a garden than reflected the work of the charity and gave a strong message, whilst also being innovative and stylish to stimulate debate.

“Ann-Marie Powell — a TV and flower show ‘veteran’ in experience not years”

Jackie Bennett, Editor, The Garden Design Journal


If your charity is interested in promoting your work to a worldwide audience with a show garden, contact us on 01730 825650.

Show gardens for companies

Place your company at the heart of one of the world’s most famous events by sponsoring a show garden at Chelsea. Ann-Marie Powell worked with Jane Owen and Green and Black’s to create a Cameroon rainforest garden that highlighted the plight of the Camerronian rainforest and the indigenous Cameroonians that live there. With international TV and media coverage, boosted by Ann-Marie’s involvement as a TV presenter at the show, the garden put the company’s message to millions of potential customers. If that sounds good to you, call us on 01730 825650.

“I thought the planting scheme on Ann-Marie Powell’s garden for the British Heart Foundation was particularly lovely. Red is very hard to use in a colour scheme but its use in this garden, cooled considerably by the green palette of plants, was incredibly inspiring. I certainly hope to borrow and reinterpret ideas from this garden.”

Quote from Garden Designer Arne Maynard from his journal on website

Though I initially shied away from the visceral imagery of the British Heart Foundation garden by Ann-Marie Powell, her garden also refused to play by the rules and didn’t pander to expectations. I was drawn in to a thoughtfully planted space. An undercurrent of green around dark water wrapped every surface with fern walls and woodland planting. Medicinal Salix and Digitalis and the contrast of wineberry and odd flash of peony were carefully integrated, and it was here that I saw Anemopsis californica (from for the first time. A creamy flowered aquatic, perfumed with honey; it went straight into my notebook.

Dan Pearson
The Observer, Sunday 29 May 2011

Ann-Marie Powell’s garden for British Heart Foundation is stunning. Lush, bold and original.

Juliet Roberts, editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine.Twitter 25th May

And I was again mesmerised by the sumptuous tones of Kelway’s chestnut-brown, tall bearded iris ‘Sultan’s Palace’ and semi-double, blood-red herbaceous peony ‘Buckeye Belle’, which Ann-Marie Powell showed exactly how to use in her British Heart Foundation garden: dotted like rubies through lime-green ferns.

Stephen Lacey The Telegraph 8-6-11

Ann-Marie designed and built the BHF Chelsea Garden for out 50th anniversary year 2011. She was a joy to work with and turned the ideas for a ‘mending broken hearts garden’ into a fantastic reality. Heart health is the key to overall health and the garden was a wonderful naturalistic expression of how to live a heart healthy life, as well and a beautiful place to be and think. Princess Beatrice’s jaw dropped when she saw the garden on her visit on the Monday night and artist Sir Peter Blake was very complimentary.

Dr Mike Knapton MA(cantab) MBBChir FRCGP
Associate Medical Director (Prevention & Care)

British Heart Foundation