Lichen Garden Antiques at Chelsea 2024

Chelsea Flower Show 2024


Back to Main Avenue for Lichen Garden Antiques

Lichen Garden Antiques once again collaborated with leading landscape designers on two prestigious Main Avenue Show Gardens for Chelsea 2024.

The Project Giving Back/National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden designed by Tom Stuart Smith and the Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust designed by Ann-Marie Powell with the Blue Diamond Team.


Tom Stuart Smith for The Project Giving Back/National Garden Scheme (NGS)

Celebrating almost a century of garden openings by the NGS raising funds for nursing and health charities, Tom Stuart Smith designed the beautiful, gold medal winning showgarden with an ‘edge of woodland’ appearance featuring a proportion of plants donated by owners of NGS gardens. It is intended to be a therapeutic garden for hospital patients and after the Show will be relocated to the new Maggie’s Centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge which is one of the beneficiaries of NGS fund raising.

As well as supplying the reclaimed York flagstones for the garden, Lichen also provided the antique terracotta plant pots and bujadier.



Ann-Marie Powell for The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust.

This public access garden commemorates one of the National Trust founders, pioneering social reformer Octavia Hill who believed that everyone should have access to green space and to the benefits that fresh air and plants can give. It has been designed to stimulate physical, mental and social wellbeing.

This wonderful plant-filled community garden is built as a series of open-air rooms with varying views and atmospheres including a shady canopy, a wildlife pond and an observation platform. Lichen has supplied all of the reclaimed York flagstones for the garden paving. Its considered design keeps in mind enjoyment for the blind and visually impaired as well as wheelchair accessibility.



A focal-point garden structure also serves as a habitat hub. Bird boxes are sporadically placed within the trees and a hand-carved oak retaining wall with habitat panels provides homes for wildlife.

After Chelsea closes its doors in 2024, the garden will be relocated to Blue Diamond-owned, RHS Partner Garden, Bridgemere Show Gardens in Nantwich, Cheshire.


Lichen Garden Antiques supplied all of the reclaimed York stone paving for inside of the timber Hut in the Tom Stuart Smith gold medal garden. The garden was 18 months in the planning.


The Tom Stuart Smith garden is laid out through an open hazel coppice with a collection of drought tolerant woodland plants suitable for clay soil that is prone to drying out, so reflecting current climate conditions. Rainwater is harvested from the Hut and all hard services drain into the soil.


Garden antiques supplied by Lichen in the NGS showgarden