The award-winning, Fernando Gonzalez-designed Pure Land Foundation Garden at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show was inspired by the dramatic topography of the Chinese landscape with its great mountains and river valleys.
It reflected the sophisticated concept of nature found in traditional gardens and scroll paintings, where rocks and plantings were intended to evoke a wild landscape.
A curvilinear white shimmering structure captured the organic shapes of the landscapes and was inspired by nature’s natural rhythms.
A planting colour palette influenced by the principal colours used in Buddhist art and ritual, warm yellows, oranges, blues and reds, emerged through a matrix of tussocky grasses. Three multi-stemmed Koelreuteria paniculata, golden rain trees, completed the well-being garden, exploring the potential of harmoniously combining the artificial and natural in a new artistic interpretation.
Fernando Gonzalez’s extraordinary yet effortless creation was an urban oasis designed for contemplation and meditation, using innovative design to create a sense of wellbeing and positive energy, and was rewarded with a silver-gilt medal.