RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Medal Winner 2017
Mr Shuko Noda
The garden’s name ‘Hagakure’ means ‘leaves and tree shade’ and expresses living and dying. It comes from the title of a Samurai text book from which we learn the society’s values and way of life in Japan.
The inspiration for the garden came from a famous line in the book which explains how life and death exist, side by side, and how no one can predict when new encounters or loss will affect life.
The Japanese vermilion wooden pergola represents the shrine gates which separate sacred and peaceful space from normal life. In Japan, shrine gates are believed to protect from evil spirits.
The garden is designed to create a sacred and peaceful space away from the noise and stress of daily life where friends and family can spend time together, sitting on the tatami (woven grass rush) mattress under the shade of the tree which bears delicate white flowers.
The tatami bench walls are made with recycled kiln bricks from which Arita porcelain is produced.
The garden is designed to convey the atmosphere and nature of the Saga prefecture in Japan where the designer grew up and reflects a message of hope, vitality and will power beyond life’s vulnerability.
As in previous years, Frogheath build the garden structures and walls at their yard in Burwash Weald before transporting it them to Chelsea.