The ‘resilient’ show garden with a rainwater-harvesting pavilion, for WaterAid, will be on display at the major Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) flower show between 21 and 25 May 2024.
Massey added: ‘As our climate changes, water scarcity and insecurity will become more commonplace – here in the UK and around the world … the WaterAid garden demonstrates how a resilient and beautiful garden could be achieved whatever the future holds.’
‘We hope the WaterAid garden will encourage and inspire visitors to consider their water conservation efforts and get creative with integrating rainwater harvesting within their own gardens.’
He added: ‘Architecture is a powerful tool that can work in harmony with nature to address the changing needs of our environments.
WaterAid’s global and UK communications director Gemma Day said the ‘thought-provoking garden’, supported by Project Giving Back, would be a ‘must-see’ exhibit at the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden has been designed to highlight the importance of sustainable water management, amid the increasing frequency of climate change-induced extreme floods weakening already ‘fragile’ water sources.
Ahn said the garden was designed to convey a message ‘of hope’, showing how ‘resilience and innovation can help us all to adapt and flourish in the face of the climate crisis’.
The garden also uses reclaimed and repurposed materials to reduce its carbon footprint and includes an array of plant species designed to deal with varying amounts of rainfall, as well as a tree that can absorb toxic particles in the soil through nodules on its roots.
WaterAid says the architecture of its central pavilion is designed to harvest, filter and store rainwater for drinking and irrigation, inspired by the charity’s work with communities around the world to develop sustainable water solutions.
A wide overhead planted canopy structure will capture water and provide shading, supported by funnel-like columns which conceal filtration systems.
The garden will be Ahn’s first exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show and Massey’s fourth (the garden designer has previously won gold and silver-gilt medals at the show). Once the show closes, it will be relocated to a permanent home.