Date Posted: May 23, 2024

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Biophilic Design Blossoms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024
Date Posted: May 23, 2024

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 is once again at the forefront of horticultural innovation, and this year, one trend that is firmly in the spotlight is biophilic design. This design philosophy, which emphasises the human connection to nature, has been celebrated through several stunning garden exhibits. These gardens not only showcase aesthetic beauty but also underscore the significant benefits of biophilic environments on well-being, health, and happiness.   biophilic-design-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-2024-image-2

The Ecotherapy Garden by Tom Bannister is a poignant illustration of biophilic principles in action. Designed as a small London courtyard, this garden integrates therapeutic elements with natural beauty to create a healing sanctuary. The space aims to rejuvenate physical and mental well-being offering a cold plunge pool enveloped in lush planting as the centerpiece of the garden, whilst sensory pathways lined with aromatic plants, textured surfaces, and interactive elements that encourage touch and smell. A series of pools and a rill create a soothing soundscape, enhancing the meditative ambiance. Plus, the use of natural materials like wood, stone, and organic materials foster a deep connection to the earth. Bannister’s design is a practical application of biophilic design, whereby exposure to natural environments significantly reduces stress levels and improves mental health.

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Inspired by Japanese design principles, The Biophilic Garden Otsu – Hanare designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara, is a serene retreat that embodies the essence of biophilia. This minimalistic design features clean lines and open spaces that allow for unobstructed interaction with nature. Indigenous Japanese plants are used alongside a waterfall to create a garden with quiet corners for contemplation, promoting mental clarity and mindfulness. This garden highlights how biophilic design can enhance cognitive function and promote a sense of peace. The Biophilic Garden Otsu – Hanare encourages visitors to slow down and reconnect with the natural world, fostering mental well-being.

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The Forest Bathing Garden by Ula Maria, created in collaboration with Muscular Dystrophy UK, introduces the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing. Forest bathing has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reduced blood pressure, lower cortisol levels, and improved mood. The garden mimics a birch grove, with dense layers of more than 40 trees, shrubs, and ground cover creating a lush woodland glade. More than 75% of the overall garden area consists of planted areas. A planted, soft edge water rill running through the middle of the garden to capture and slow down the flow of any run-off water. The garden seeks to awaken our innate connection to nature by bridging a gap between us and the natural world – the core principle of biophilic design.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 has beautifully demonstrated the power of biophilic design through its innovative garden exhibits. These gardens not only captivate with their beauty but also offer insights into the health benefits of connecting with nature – and provides compelling evidence that biophilic design is not just a trend but a vital component of our well-being, health, and happiness. As these principles gain wider recognition, the hope is that more spaces – whether it’s a garden, office or restaurant – will embrace biophilic design, creating environments where people can thrive.

At Benholm Group, we’re passionate about creating spaces that nourish the senses through biophilic design – the incorporation of nature and natural elements into the built environment. We work with businesses, architects and interior designers across the UK to include biophilic elements in their spaces and would love to work with you on your next project.

 

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