In 2015, Chelsea Flower Show welcomed the Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta anniversary garden which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Created by acclaimed designers Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour, the garden layout is evocative of gardens of the medieval period, featuring handmade wattle arches over turf benches, traditional roses and honeysuckle, wattle obelisks and raised beds.
A custom-made fountain takes centre stage surrounded by bespoke heraldic pennants created by the renowned embroider Rhoda Nevins, who was part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.
The garden’s symmetry symbolizes the law and order of the time and features a slice of yew tree trunk inscribed to relate to the Magna Carta, reminiscent of the ancient Ankerwycke Yew.
The Magna Carta Garden now permanently resides in our grounds.