Foras have been fortunate to be involved in the fabulous RHS Chelsea flower show for many years and have received the coveted gold medal on two occasions. This year, with the flower show postponed to September, we have decided to build our own little piece of Chelsea permanently in Norfolk.
We have chosen to name our stunning sanctuary ‘The Juniper Sky Garden’. This was selected because Juniper is a much-loved evergreen that is declining throughout the UK, with 80% of the population now growing in Scotland. It is an incredible plant, providing fruit and nesting for masses of UK wildlife and is a key ingredient in our fantastic award-winning Norfolk gins. Juniper is also a symbol of safety and purity. The name is also a reference to Norfolk’s reputation for stunning red sunsets and vast skyscapes, the even terrain giving an amazing perspective of space. The garden looks out to a glorious grassy meadow and a wild woodland to completely immerse you in nature.
After the anxieties of the last year, our garden will provide the perfect setting to reflect and look forward to enjoying more space and freedom. It is a project full of unity and local talent, designed by Lucy of Lucy’s Garden and decorated with exclusive Foras features, including the Norfolk made Foras Forge armillary sphere.
No journey through life is a straight and narrow path, Lucy has used this concept in her design. All the hard landscaping is built on multiple angles, taking you on different journeys as you enter and allowing you to explore the styles and themes of each area. The garden will feature a canopy of pleached parasol trees and many striking structural plants, used to offer interest throughout the year, with different shapes and textures. Planting will be further enhanced with a selection our water features. From our famous natural stone and slate spheres to flowing water bowls, they enhance the garden’s beauty and elegance creating an atmosphere of serenity with the sound of running water.
As well as having amazing planting, the garden will include the cosy Nook cabin. Designed and built by our team, the Nook has a lush living roof and is furnished with Foras garden jewellery. With its strategic positioning and glass doors, the Nook will allow you to enjoy and appreciate the garden from all angles. Following the line of the roof from the Nook is a solid oak pergola, handmade by our own artisans on site. It is a comfy space nestled against the old grain store. An ideal place to unwind and try our selection of Norfolk gins and vodkas – the perfect complement to Juniper Sky!
Another element of our garden is the avenue, designed by Lucy for our Managing Director Claire. One of Claire’s favourite parts of RHS Chelsea was walking the lime tree avenue before the show opens to the public, allowing her to peacefully admire the gardens and stands. Lucy has called it ‘Claire’s Avenue’ and it will feature up to seven cascading water features, encouraging calm reflection. Looking towards the woodland and the spectacular armillary sphere, the avenue will complete your idyllic garden journey and uncover timeless hidden gems.
Due to unprecedented wet weather and a shortage of some building materials and accessories (don’t worry, we don’t mean tiles or water features) we will have to delay the opening of our new Show Garden until the start of August (no specific date as yet). That doesn’t mean until then there is not lots to see here as we have 3 well established landscaped gardens dressed with all of our materials and garden accessories in over 10,000m2 of designed space (no appointments necessary). Lots of newness for the summer, so we look forward to welcoming you.
Note: If you have already booked a personalised tour we will be in touch with you via e-mail to book a convenient time and date via our digital diary and will send you a Juniper Sky Garden Guide to get you show garden ready. Our Show Garden Guide gives detailed information on planting schemes, Foras features, design ideas and information on all of the tiles and flagstones used throughout the project. Offering inspiration and guidance, this will be the perfect souvenir of your Juniper Sky experience.
We cannot wait to welcome you to the Juniper Sky Garden and our team are putting their hearts into making it as special as possible. Our glorious garden will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face!