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'Volcanic' Chelsea garden for Canary Islands

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The Canary Islands Spa Garden brings black volcanic rock and lush exotic plants to the Chelsea Flower Show

The official Royal Horticultural Society site describes the garden as being: ‘Inspired by the rugged volcanic peaks and bizarre endangered flora of the Canary Island archipelago, this garden invites visitors to rediscover the forgotten face of this remote island chain.

‘This thoroughly modern garden is designed to be set within the collapsed crater of an extinct island volcano. At its heart lies a moated pavilion, which houses a thermal spa fed by naturally-heated spring water that rises up from deep within the crater. Here rough, black volcanic rock flanks sheets of thermal water, all surrounded by lush exotic planting. Cascades at the rear of the pavilion create an open-air spa shower, with a mineral jacuzzi lying sunken within the moat.

‘Embracing local plants and materials, the garden aims to contrast hefty blocks of volcanic hard landscaping, with exuberant naturalistic vegetation - including several endangered island species that are found nowhere else on earth - to create an unashamedly escapist retreat as unexpected as the islands themselves.’

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