In 2016 we participated in the Chelsea Flower Show with a garden titled: Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden. In 2018 we will re-build this special garden. For garden lovers from the Netherlands and abroad, this will be a wonderful chance to visit a Chelsea Flower Show garden.

For the maintenance of the garden we are looking for a several enthousiastic volunteers, who would like to be involved in this extraordinary heritage garden! The tasks will be regular garden maintenance, but also welcoming visitors during busy times and explaining the story of the garden and Farm of the World.

Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden
We will re-build the Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden, together with a small presentation on the philosophy and activities of Farm of the World and Claudy Jongstra. The garden will be set at a prominent location. This will definitely generate renewed attention to our message and underline once more the importance of an ever changing and threatened natural diversity. We regard this chance to show our garden for six months in such a prominent location as a huge opportunity. A chance to showcase the ideas at this location, and also to share our success in London with the visitors in Friesland.

If you have any questions, or would like to express your interest in joining us, please contact Judith Öfner via judith@farmoftheworld.nl.

Photos: Maayke de Ridder & Modeste Herwig

Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower Show can be seen as the Olympic Games among the garden shows. And precisely for this show Claudy Jongstra designed a radically different garden compared to the gardens normally on show. The Honeysuckle Blue(s) Garden was a dye crop garden, showing the practice of Claudy Jongstra as an artist. The garden invited visitors to perceive and remember the forgotten knowledge about plant colours and their qualities. By showing yet another side of ‘ordinary’ plants, we hoped to create a new appreciation and a sense of wonder about the unknown resources that are all around us.

The Dye Garden not only wanted to show the beauty of plants, but also the power of the colours they can produce when they are transformed into natural dyes. Unfortunately, the knowledge about these age-old methods is disappearing fast. Natural dyes produce colours that are essentially different. They have depth, shades, nuance, movement and are slightly different every time; they resonate with what we see in nature. In short, they represent a piece of our natural world.