Robert’s first Main Avenue show garden followed his gold medal, awarded the year before, for his Costiera dei Fiori Garden (for Regione Campania) in the Great Pavilion.
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To celebrate Fortnum and Mason’s 300th anniversary, Robert Myers was asked to design a garden for Chelsea to reﬂect the emporium’s worldwide reputation as a purveyor of ﬁne foods and living.
The central axis of the garden led to a terrace with three shell and pebble rococo grottos, acknowledging Fortnum’s Georgian heritage and love of collecting. Crossing this axis were curving pebble paths, centred on four ornate beehives specially designed in the trademark Fortnum and Mason eau de nil colour.
The drifts of colourful plants were chosen to be attractive to bees and the garden was bordered on one side by a hardwood and wicker fence, using Fortnum hamper lids.
“Sumptuous in its planting and witty in its detail…”
The garden was awarded a Gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society. After the Show, the beehives were placed on the roof of the Piccadilly store where the honey produced was sold.