Monaco’s Scape Design wins top prize at Chelsea Flower Show

image002 (1)A Monaco company has won the coveted Gold Medal and Best in Show award at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London. Scape Design, directed by Christiane Kohn, has offices on boulevard des Moulins in Monaco.

Designer James Basson, who has worked on the Riviera for more than 17 years, specialises in creating low maintenance, dry gardens that mix contemporary design with traditional skills.

“Creating timeless sustainable landscapes that are sympathetic to the natural environment, we use young plants that are compatible with the native climate and soil, requiring little if any, irrigation,” an approach very well suited to the Principality.

Inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry, the message behind the winning garden is that humans need to take action to preserve the fragile environment of our planet. Sustainable water disposal, recycling and composting: all are vital if Malta is to save its distinct and delicate landscapes, Scape Design said.

Commenting pithily on the prestigious award, announced on Wedmesday, May 24, Scape Design said of its winning garden, described by some as “uncompromising”: “It’s not supposed to be pretty.”

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