The stunning Norwegian flora will illustrate an undulating valley region with deciduous and evergreen trees, provided by Lorberg. The planted areas will be defined by natural stone from Lundhs, with a centrepiece of a dramatic 40-year-old stunted pine tree set in natural larvikitt - Norwegian national stone - rock that has been ‘rescued’ from a quarry.
A sleek central pavilion with a ‘living cube’ is a space that adapts to the seasons, immersing the senses outdoors. Designed as an extension of the home for use throughout the year the structure features intriguing applications – a discreet kitchen, shower and even day bed. An undulating water feature surrounds the pavilion reflecting the tranquil Norwegian fjords.
Creative, yet subtle solutions to protecting the environment are intrinsic to the design. Kebony wood is used as a sustainable alternative to tropical timber for the decking and pavilion structure while energy is created from bio ethanol burners.
Recycled glass will be used within the living cube, tinted to provide unusual lighting effects and self cleaning for low maintenance. Natural slate will be applied to terraced areas and granite from Southern Norway for its unique pearly façade. Even the boundary walls will be constructed from an eco-product called Durisol, blocks made from 80% recycled wood, linked together like Lego.
Darren Saines said: ‘Inspired by the enchanting natural beauty of Norway, the garden epitomizes traditional outdoor living with a contemporary twist. My design illustrates how a garden can be used through the changing seasons with innovative, low maintenance materials such as Kebony chosen to protect the environment.”
Darren Saines has worked with Kebony on a number of projects, and this showcase at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been a lifelong ambition made possible with support from the Norwegian Embassy in London, Innovation Norway and other pioneering companies all striving for a protected environment.
Visit the ‘Kebony - Naturally Norway’ show garden in the Main Avenue (MA19) from 24th - 29th May at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. http://www.darrensaines.com
Notes to editors:
Kebony wood is an award winning sustainable alternative to tropical and toxic treated wood protection. Kebony ASA has developed a revolutionary technology ‘Kebonization’
Kebony has supplied materials to hundreds of projects in Norway and have several international distributors. Can be used for decking, wooden piers, cladding, boat decks and much more. http://www.kebony.com
Darren Saines is one of Norway’s most renowned garden designers, with an impressive portfolio that reflects his inspirations and insights gathered from different cultures over the years. With over 22 years of experience, the last 10 in Norway, Darren has carved a name for himself creating practical yet dynamic and enjoyable gardens; he is a master at creating spaces that can be used through the seasons.
A media star in Norway, Darren is a regular columnist in the national press and frequently appears across a range of TV programmes. He also teaches, inspiring the budding youth through seminars, lectures and demonstrations. 2010 sees the realisation of a life-long dream for Darren, to create and deliver a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ‘Kebony – Naturally Norway’ is the culmination of this dream and the journey towards its reality. http://www.darrensaines.com
On the grounds of its tree nursery comprising some 500 hectares, Lorberg cultivates a wide assortment of trees and shrubs. The company’s aim is to produce solitary plants of prime Lorberg quality that have been transplanted three to six times. Lorberg also specialises in the artistic pruning of topiary plants. In addition to a complete line of plants - solitaries and topiaries, decorative and flowering shrubs, ground-covering plants and perennials – Lorberg also provides products ranging from tree stakes and stabilizing materials to substrates. http://www.lorberg.com
Lundhs of Norway is a producer of granites unique in beauty and colour. The granites are sold under the brand names Lundhs Blue (Blue Pearl), Lundhs Emerald (Emerald Pearl) and Lundhs Royal Blue. The granites are exported all over the world and used on numerous prestigious landmark buildings such as Harrods, Bloomingdales in New York, the 7 star hotel Burj-Al-Arab in Dubai and the summer palace of the Sultan of Oman. Lundhs granites being hard, durable and environment friendly are also extensively used worldwide for floor tiles, kitchen tops, monuments and garden designs. http://www.lundhs.no
Peter Dowle Plants & Gardens
Peter Dowle Plants and Gardens offer a distinctive combination of creativity, skill and experience. The company’s team of designers, horticulturists and craftsmen are experts in their respective fields, and have brought to life 3 Chelsea Gold medal gardens. http://www.peterdowleplantsandgardens.co.uk
Innovation Norway, the official trade, technology and tourism body for Norway, has offices in more than thirty countries worldwide and offers products and services intended to help boost innovation in business and industry nationwide, foster regional development and promote Norwegian industry and Norway as a tourist destination in the UK. http://www.innovasjonnorge.no
The Norwegian Embassy in London is one of Norway’s main missions abroad. The Embassy aims to promote Norwegian interests in the United Kingdom and further develop Norwegian-British relations. Around 30 people work at the Embassy, which is divided into the following sections: Administration, Political, and Economic as well as Press, Culture and Information, the Consulate and the Office of the Defence Attaché. http://www.norway.org.uk
Durisol is a green, cost effective alternative to traditional brick and block masonry that eliminates the need for skilled labour. As a proprietary material that is recycled, renewable and energy efficient, Durisol achieves the BRE A+ Green Guide Rating, bringing a range of sustainable benefits to every construction project. What’s more, because the unique features of its interlocking wall form system simply fit together like Lego, Durisol can considerably reduce time and costs in any project.
Made from 80% recycled wood that is treated not to rot or burn, Durisol is ideal for internal or external walls, above or below ground. From basements and individual housing projects, to schools, hospitals and entire communities – no build is too large or small for Durisol. http://www.durisol.net