THE PEARLFISHER GARDEN AT THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

The Pearlfisher Garden

The Pearlfisher Garden has been designed to highlight the threat of plastic waste to the world’s largest garden – the underwater garden of our oceans. It aims to become a call to action for governments, designers, brands and businesses to create sustainable life cycles for all packaging and products of the future and for people to rethink the impact of their own consumption.

A 3D printed sculpture of a pearl diver, an icon of mankind’s symbiotic relationship with the ocean, sits at the centre of a circular suspended ocean and is made from recycled PLA plastic. This disc will be held aloft by water filled cylinders each abundant in marine life to highlight the threat that plastic poses to the food chain.

A combination of specimen planting including cacti, succulents and exotics creatively juxtapose the beauty and possible desertification of the ocean and is accentuated against a backdrop of natural textures, materials and ageing effects that complete the underwater garden experience.

A secondary sculpture of Jason deCaires Taylor’s ‘Coral Man’ highlights the impact of coral bleaching whilst a boundary wall made from 500 reclaimed plastic bottles – representing the amount of plastic thrown into the ocean every 2.5 seconds – provides the contextual backdrop to the man-made threat that our ocean’s face.

The Planting

Specimen planting including cacti, succulents and exotics have been used to creatively juxtapose the beauty and possible desertification of our oceans.

  • Lithops

    Commonly called Flowering Stones or Living Stones, Lithops inhabit vast dry regions of Southern Africa and their shape, size and colour resemble the sand and stones found on the oceans seabed. In their natural surroundings - located in arid desert areas - grazing animals which would otherwise eat them during periods of drought to obtain moisture, usually overlook them because of their unusual and misleading camouflage.

  • Crassula Ovata

    Crassula Ovata, commonly known as the Jade Plant is native to South Africa and Mozambique. The plant is made up of long tubular leaves topped with red tinged suction like tips, small star-shaped white or pink flowers grow from its leaves and its aesthetic is similar to coral found in tropical reefs. Its popularity stems from the low levels of care needed - requiring little water and can survive in most indoor conditions.

  • Cotyledon Undulata

    Cotyledon Undulate, also known as Silver Crown or Silver Ruffles, is a small succulent shrub that grows in South Africa. Its undulating grey leaves have a sculptural shape that grow close together from a thick stem, its leaves are shaped like scallop shells with wavy, rippled edges and the whole plant is covered in a powdery wax coating. The stems that grow from its leaves are thin and tall, eventually blossoming into flowers similar in shape to the common Snow Drop but orange in colour.

  • Senecio Haworthii

    Grown in South Africa, the Senecio Haworthii succulent, or Woolly Senecio is covered with flocked stems covered in felted silvery-white hairs. Its plant stems are tightly packed together to create a wave-like effect resembling seaweed floating in the ocean, this succulent can survive in temperatures ranging from -6ºC up to, and even above, 40ºC, and can tolerate extreme periods of drought.

  • Cactus

    Trichocereus Pachanoi f. Cristata

    Trichocereus Pachanoi, a crested multi-stemmed “organ-pipe cactus” is formed of light green stems - slightly greyish-green when young, dark green in age - the cactus forms a small tree 3 to 6 meters tall with several branches that usually extend from the base growing closely together. This cactus tolerates exposure to full sun and generally welcomes moderate watering.

Full Plant List

01. Aloe ramosissima
02. Cotyledon undulata
03. Crassula arborescens
04. Crassula ovata
05. Cylindropuntia leptocaulis
06. Cynachum stoloniferum
07. Echeveria var.
08. Erinacea anthyllis
09. Euphorbia hamata
10. Euphorbia ingens
11. Euphorbia tirucalli
12. Euphorbia trigona
13. Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
14. Haworthia var.
15. Lithops var.
16. Rhipsalis baccifera
17. Sedum hispanicum
18. Senecio haworthii
19. Stoeberia frutescens
20. Tillandsia useneoides