An annotated sketch of gold medal winning WaterAid's 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

Click the image for a larger version of this annotated sketch detailing plants used in the garden

This year's Herbert Smith Freehills garden for WaterAid has been designed by Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour of A Touch of France Garden Design. It is sponsored by international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills who are supporting WaterAid at Chelsea for the second year running.

India, and WaterAid's work there, is the inspiration for this year's garden. It highlights the transformation to people’s lives that can be brought about by access to clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation. Over 93 million people in India are living without access to clean water.

The garden features a working tap stand and a rainwater harvesting 'jar' built by Tommy Walsh. The jar collects water in times of high rainfall - saving it for use in times of water scarcity or when flooding has contaminated ground water sources.

A timber plank walkway connects the tap stand area at the front of the garden to the house. Edging the garden are lush bamboos, rubber plants and Jasminum.

 Janet Honour (l) and Patricia Thirion (r) explain how they will make marigold garlands to hang on the house in their Indian-themed garden. Many women in India support themselves by selling these beautiful flowers.

The backdrop of the Artisan garden is a simple house on stilts with a veranda. The surrounding garden is ablaze with colour -  marigolds, roses and hanging garlands - flowers that are grown and sold in the cut-flower industry, a big business in India.

Garden designer Patricia commented: “This year's garden represents a community where women can be empowered by growing and selling cut flowers to meet the huge market demand. Through WaterAid's support, local people are able to become self-sufficient.”

Barbara Frost, WaterAid UK Chief Executive, said: "Our garden is symbolic of how WaterAid's work can transform lives. With safe water close to home, women and children are able to spend less time collecting, or queuing, for water and more time generating an income for their family. This is the start of their journey out of poverty."

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