Growing Plants For Chelsea - Gold Medal Winning GardenWe are thrilled to anounce the Kampo no Niwa garden was awarded a Gold medal.
This year we have been growing plants for the 'Kampo no Niwa' show garden at this years Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is based upon 'Kampo' a traditional Japanese medicine using extracts from plants. The garden is designed to show all the different plants used in Kampo medicine and all the plants are native to Japan. Use of herbs in Japanese medicine goes back thousands of years and is still used in Japan today.
The designers of the garden come from the Hokkaido region in Northern Japan, home to snow capped mountains and unspoilt national parks which has inspired part of the design for the garden.
We have been growing the Japanese Iris, Iris laevigata and Iris laevigata 'Alba'. Known as a beautiful flowering water iris for wet areas and ponds. In kampo its extracts are used for beneficial purposes.
We have also supplied the aquatic plant Nuphar japonica also known as Japanese pond lily. Again grown in many back garden ponds in the UK but native to Japan and the Korean peninsula.
To get Chelsea worthy plants we have had to build an indoor pond in our polytunnel for the Nuphar to grow on for the past few months providing higher light levels and humidity to encourage them to produce leaf and flower.
It has been a great learning experience for us and at times we have felt the pressure of the task at hand. Great to learn more about the plants we grow, where they come from and their uses other then just ornamental.