The Pure Land Foundation Garden

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The Pure Land Foundation Garden designed by Fernando Gonzalez has scooped a coveted Silver-Gilt medal at this year’s outstanding RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

On receiving the award Gonzalez said: “I am very happy that the RHS judges have recognised the work and dedication that went into creating the Pure Land Foundation Garden. It has been a labour of love and to obtain a Silver-Gilt medal is a testament to the dedication of my team. I would also like to thank our sponsor, Bruno Wang, who, through the the Pure Land Foundation made this garden possible.”

The garden was inspired by the dramatic topography of the Chinese landscape, with its great mountains and river valleys, and the sophisticated concept of nature found in traditional gardens and scroll paintings, where rocks and plantings were intended to evoke a wild landscape. Traditional Chinese gardens were places where art, nature and ideas were integrated perfectly to create a harmonious natural setting for serene contemplation and meditation. They became the focus of an alternative lifestyle that celebrated tranquillity and a strong belief in a sense of unity between nature and human culture. The Pure Land Foundation Garden is a contemporary interpretation of the flowing shapes found in such gardens and aims to evoke a sense of wellbeing and positive energy by reconnecting our spirituality with nature.

For Fernando, the garden offers a new and highly visual way of experiencing space by using free flowing lines and multiple viewpoints to create a pictorial space where colour, texture and spatial form blend rhythmically. The result, he hopes, is a scene of untamed beauty, a small wilderness that ebbs and flows like an ancient river.



Mr Bruno Wang, Founder of the Pure Land Foundation, was delighted with how the finished garden looked. Upon being told how the Garden had been received by the RHS judges, Mr Wang said: “The Pure Land Foundation Garden is an enchanting creation that combines traditional Chinese gardens with state-of-the-art technology, materials and techniques. This fusion of old and new was perfectly realised to create a space of great harmony, peace and contemplation. I am delighted that this extraordinary yet effortless creation, the product of Fernando Gonzalez’s incredible vision and skill, has been recognised by this year’s judges.”

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The Pure Land Foundation Garden

  1. 1. Pure Land in Buddhism is the realm of higher conscious- ness, peace and harmony. The Pure Land Foundation is not based in religion. We believe that art and music can establish a bridge between the individual and the harmony and high- er order that exists in all forms of creation. The Pure Land Foundation seeks, by supporting art, music and wellness, to establish an inter connectedness that will enable people to find a ‘Pure Land’ in their own lives.
  2. 2. “Pure Land Foundation is thrilled to be involved with Fernando Gonzalez’ extraordinary yet effortless garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gardens reconnect us with nature; nature reconnects us with spirituality and helps us to remember who we are. This organic form of landscape design is inspired by nature’s rhythm and evokes the image of the Chinese scholar rocks. Our soothing garden is an urban oasis designed for contemplation and meditation.” Bruno Wang Founder, Pure Land Foundation
  3. 3. FERNANDO GONZALEZ Fernando Gonzalez is an award-winning garden designer with a reputation for creating truly bespoke spaces for private clients using innovative design and the latest fabrication methods. Named as one of the ‘50 Most Innovative Practices in the World’ by Digital Landscape Architects Now, his gardens are considered artworks in them- selves whilst pushing the boundaries of conventional design. Fernando is delighted to be return- ing to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show after his medal winning Zen garden in 2013, described by The Guardian as ‘The Marmite moment’ of the 100th Anniversary show. Garden designer
  4. 4. THE GOLDEN RAIN TREE The Pure Land Foundation Garden contains three multi-stem Koelreuteria paniculata trees which create structural repetition, bring a sense of unity and provide year-round interest. The slender deciduous trees are native to East Asia, and the common name originates from the showy yellow clusters of summer flowers which fall to the ground like golden rain drops. SUMMER Cheerful and bright yellow flowers appear on long and elegant panicles. The flowers produce a yellow dye and are often used in ophthalmic medicine: used in medicines to treat conjunctivitis and epiphora. AUTUMN & WINTER The foliage blazes orange and yellow. Paper-thin lantern shape fruits appear first green-red before turning bronze- pink. The pods contain black seeds, used as beads in necklaces. SPRING Pinnate leaves with serrated individual leaflets unfurl first with a peachy colour that turn true green as they mature. Leaves once mature can be used to create a black dye. The trees selected for our garden were grown on the banks of the river Maas near village Cuijk in the Netherlands and are planted in memory of friend and former colleague Friso van Oranje.
  5. 5. working today with traditional materials is an anachronistic contradiction. it is as if a man from the twenty-first century were to walk around wearing medieval armour. Gaetano Pesce THE PURE LAND FOUNDATION GARDEN The garden is inspired by the dramatic topography of the Chinese landscape with its great mountains and river valleys as well as by its sophisticated concept of nature found in traditional gardens and scroll paintings where rocks and plantings were intended to evoke a wilderness scenery. Traditional Chinese gardens were places where art, nature and ideas were in- tegrated perfectly to create a harmonious natural setting for serene contemplation and meditation. They became the focus of an alternative lifestyle that celebrated tranquility and a strong belief in a sense of unity between nature and human culture. Using the latest available technology and materials, The Pure Land Foundation Garden is a contemporary interpreta- tion of the flowing shapes found in these gardens and aims to evoke the sense of wellbeing and positive energy by reconnecting our spirituality with nature. Garden concept
  6. 6. LEGEND 1. White curvilinear structure 2. Koelreuteria paniculata 3. Integrated seating area 4. Small side table 5. Integrated plant & tree containers 6. Water bowl 7. Silver sandstone linear paving 8. Chamaemelum nobile Thymus spp. (various creeping vars.) 9. - Armeria juniperiifolia  ‘Rubrifolia’  - Erigeron karvinskuianus - Geranium ‘Sanne’ - Raoulia australis - Scleranthus uniflorus - Scleranthus uniflorus ‘Bronze’ - Sedum ‘Lemon Ball’ - Sedum spathulifolium  ‘Atropurpureum’ 10. - Acacia pravissima - Asphodeline lutea - Briza media ‘Limouzi’ - Digitalis ‘Illumination Apricot’ - Euphorbia cyparissias - Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ - Geum ‘Fire Storm’ - Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ - Iris germanica ‘Kent Pride’ - Iris sibirica - Macleaya microcarpa ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’ - Rubus Arcticus KEY FEATURES A white marble-like structure made of JesmoniteTM flows around the garden acting as both a bound- ary and providing integrated areas including a bench, a small table and containers for plants. A planting colour palette in- fluenced by the principal colours used in Buddhist art and ritual of warm yellows, oranges, red and blue emerge through a matrix of tussocky grasses. The plants are used in a painterly way with spe- cial consideration to their texture and movement– creating changing shadow effects upon the gently sparkling white backdrop. GARDEN LAYOUT The garden offers a new visual way of experiencing space by using free flowing lines and multiple viewpoints to create a pictorial space where colour, texture and spatial form blend rhythmically. We are presented with a scene of untamed beauty, a small wilderness that ebbs and flows like an ancient poem. 78 10 10 9 4 5 3 5 6 9 1 2 3.5m 2m 9m 6m
  7. 7. KING’S SPEAR Asphodeline lutea Clump-forming perennial with narrow, channelled leaves and fragrant bright starry yellow flowers. BEARDED IRIS Iris germanica ‘Kent Pride’ ‘An ‘old-fashioned’ bearded iris in a rich marsala colour. FOXGLOVE ILLUMINATION SERIES Digitalis ‘Illumination Apricot’ Newly released sun-loving foxglove that is sterile and therefore reliably perennial with long lasting flowers. AVENS Geum ‘Fire Storm’ Repeat bloomer with large, vibrant orange, semi-double flowers. PLUME POPPY Macleaya microcarpa ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’ Herbaceous perennial with large, rounded and lobed grey-green leaves and whitish undersides. CYPRESS SPURGE Euphorbia cyparissas Hardy spurge with petal-like bracts that are green-yellow in spring and red-purple in summer. SPURGE Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ Stiff, dark green leaves edged orange-red, are topped with bright brick-red summer flowers that gently fade to yellow in autumn. SIBERIAN FLAG Iris sibirica Blue sun loving Iris first collected in Siberia in the Middle Ages by monks, and grown in their monasteries. QUAKING GRASS Briza media ‘Limouzi’ Part of the group generally referred to as the quaking grasses because the flowers and seedheads shake and rattle on their stalks in the slightest breeze. OVENS WATTLE Acacia pravissima Evergreen shrub with fascinating triangular leaves- native to Australia it can grow into a small tree. AVENS Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ Semi-double, vivid yellow flowers appear on arching stems during Summer above rosettes of hairy, scalloped, fresh green leaves. ARCTIC BLACKBERRY Rubus arcticus Newly released Rubus species with strong pink-violet flowers and intense fragrance. Please note that some plants may not appear in the final garden due to growing conditions out of our control. For a full list of all plants featured in the Pure Land Foundation Garden, visit www.fernandogonzalez.co.uk/RHSChelsea2015
  8. 8. Employing state-of-the-art technologies, materials, and manufacturing processes– Fernando Gonzalez Garden Design brings endless possibilities to garden design that have never been possible before. The practice believes every garden should be completely unique: organic expressions attune with each person’s individuality and energy. Each garden retains functionality and a sense of refinement. Fernando Gonzalez Garden Design has a passion for enhancing and exceeding a client’s dreams and aspirations. THE ART & SCIENCE OF THE POSSIBLE Stepping away from symmetry
  9. 9. Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
  10. 10. GARDEN DESIGN: Fernando Gonzalez, www.fernandogonzalez.co.uk MAIN CONTRACTORS: The Garden Builders, www.gardenbuilders.co.uk 2D:3D, www.2d3d.co.uk MATERIALS: Jesmonite, www.jesmonite.co.uk Stonemarket, www.stonemarket.co.uk Kay-Metzeler, www.kay-metzeler.com PRIMARY NURSERIES & PLANT EXPERTISE: Madrona Nursery, www.madrona.co.uk Ebben Nursery, www.ebben.nl Full Frontal Gardens, www.fullfrontal.org.uk NEW PLANT INTRODUCTIONS: Thompson & Morgan, www.thompson-morgan.com Lubera, www.lubera.co.uk ILLUSTRATIONS: Irene Laschi, www.behance.net/irenelaschi PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Vessey, www.pointandsnap.com GRAPHIC DESIGN: Rilke Studio, www.rilke.com PRINTERS: Kenway Printers, www.kenway.com SPECIAL THANKS TO: Mubi, www.mubi.com The CNC factory, www.thecncfactory.com ADDITIONAL THANKS TO: Jackie Edwards Gillian Goodson Elizabeth Crompton-Batt Graeme Watts, www.belmont-house.org Cyril Gonzalez, www.cyrilgonzalez.com Fernando Gonzalez Garden Design would like to thank the Pure Land Foundation for its generous support in helping to make this garden a reality.
  11. 11. Pure Land Foundation is a private limited company and a charity pending registration in England and Wales. www.purelandfoundation.com | contact@purelandfoundation.com Fernando Gonzalez Garden Design is a private limited company in England and Wales (9529160). Registered Office: 69 Shalimar Gardens, London W3 9JG +44 (0)20 3290 3888 | www.fernandogonzalez.co.uk | yes@fernandogonzalez.co.uk In association with Garden by Sponsored by

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