Did you know that esteemed pottery maker Wedgwood celebrates its 260th anniversary in 2019? In celebration, Wedgewood are putting on show gardens at two RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) events – the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in London and the Chatsworth Flower Show in the midlands of England. This link with gardening isn’t surprising because Wedgewood has a long historical connection with the RHS. At the 2019 Chelsea show, garden designer Jo Thompson has created for Wedgewood a show garden that takes inspiration from its Wedgwood Jasperware with its iconic Wedgwood colors and its former Etruria Stoke factory with its garden-like setting.
The Wedgewood RHS Connection
Interestingly, Josiah Wedgewood (the founder’s son) was instrumental in creating the predecessor to the RHS in 1804. He believed gardening was a way to improve everyone’s lives and suggested the idea for the RHS to King George III’s head gardener.
Inspiration From Wedgewood Jasperware
Created in the 1770s, Wedgewood Jasperware (also known as stoneware) has world-wide recognition primarily because of its specific look and colors. The Wedgewood color palette was limited but on the plus side they are immediately recognisable.
Commonly used Wedgewood colors are pale blue and green. Other Wedgewood colors are lilac and yellow. These Wedgewood colors obviously go well in a garden!
The Wedgewood blue color is often seen with white designs. Yet, there’s actually no Wedgewood blue color in this garden. That would be too predicatable!
Inspiration From Etruria Stoke
In Etruria Stoke, a factory for the Wedgewood pottery business was created in 1769 amidst much greenery and a canal. Thanks to the vision of Wedgewood Etruria was known as the “factory in the garden”. By the way, Etruria United Kingdom was named after the Etruscans in Italy who were known for creative pottery.
After World War 2 though, Wedgewood moved its factory from Etruria Stoke. The area went into decline and back to nature. There is now an Etruria Industrial Mill which shows how 19th century potters’ mills worked.
The Wedgewood Garden
All this inspiration comes together for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
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