A garden for lawyers

This was another of the “urban” garden displays at Chelsea. It’s called the Magistrate’s Garden. It’s got a whole backstory to it. It is a garden designed to celebrate the role of the 650-year old Magistrate and “highlights the pivotal role”  the magistracy plays in delivering a balanced approach to the law. Heavy. It’s conceived as a garden outside a courtroom, above a parking garage, maintained by offenders of the law performing community service.

I just thought it looked nice and was good use of space. It did feel more room-like than may other gardens, probably due to the London plane trees trained overhead to form large square “umbrellas” as a roof to the space. That and the small-scale doable green wall were my favorite take-ways from this garden.

Oh, that and the “bench” bench.

Ground is purpose permeable stone to absorb rain water. I liked the square blue seat-shrub-blue seat combo.
This green wall with fountain underneath seems almost approachable in scale
for a real-life project. The roses are Rosa “Justice of the Peace.”
The boxwoods at the base of the London plane trees
helped give a polished finish to the garden.
Crowds, crowds crowds. You couldn’t turn around without bumping into someone.
This shows the overhead trim on the trees. They’re pleached horizontally.
Gardens don’t have enough throw pillows.

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0 comments on “A garden for lawyers

  1. Pleached horizontally. May those designers spend their next lives in Buffalo, Montreal or perhaps southwestern Ontario in the snow belt. Green wall was gorgeous – and were the stone walls slate? As far as the clematis goes, buy as many as you can and squeeze them in everywhere, once established they're as tough as nails. Raymond Evison was imported to do this sort of display for Loblaws at Canada Blooms in the good old days. Just magnificent.


  2. That thought crossed my mind too. Even with no leaves, the ice 7 snow build-up would be damaging. And something like our surprise October storm from a few years ago would decimate the. A boy can dream though. I may have to drop a paycheck on clematis and cover the garden with them. They're beautifully addicting and (generally) always satisfying.


  3. I'm goggling at the number of rex/rhizomatous begonias in that living wall! Stunning! I wonder how much each one costs to do. Any idea?


  4. Wow! I'm going to have to send this to my brother and sister-in-law – both lawyers. They'll have to redo their whole NJ yard.


  5. @barbarapc,I believe they were slate walls, stacked with edge showing. Saw that a few times at Chelsea– stone stacked with edges showing.@Notsoangryredhead,No idea of costs. My guess would be to assume they were expensive. No expense is spared at Chelsea.Commonweeder/Pat,This was a lovely garden and worthy of reproduction! I think I actually have started to appreciate this one more as I look at the photos I took.


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