The Body Shop Lady Garden

At the Chelsea Flower Show 2020

The Body Shop will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show for the first-time next year to unveil its ‘Lady Garden’, playing homage to its founding feminist principles and activist roots.

The ‘Lady Garden’, which features in the Artisan category and is designed by Beauty Botanist Jennifer Hirsch Dip.Hort.Kew, combines a number of key elements to symbolise the female form, women’s strength and support of each other, as well as engage visitors on issues of female empowerment and social taboos to help motivate change.

  The Lady Garden relies on three traditional artisanal skills: blacksmithing, woodworking and topiary, which enables the creation of artworks within the garden, from the Georgia O’Keefe inspired iris Corten metal sculpture set within a water feature and Corten metal ‘spine’ running the length of the garden, to the curving oak benches with engraved quotes to the use of topiary forms to create the recumbent female form.

  All plant species used in the garden’s soft-scaping have been selected for their use in herbal pharamacopeia to treat female-related health issues to help reshape conversation and perspectives.

Following its instalment at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Lady Garden will be transported to a permanent home within The Body Shop’s Sussex headquarters, where it can continue to celebrate the brand’s feminist principles and enrich workers, who already benefit from the headquarter’s biodiverse and bee-friendly landscaping.

Linda Campbell, Managing Director of The Body Shop, says:
“The Body Shop has always been proud to ignite conversation and drive action for positive social change. We hope this garden, which celebrates our feminist founding principles, will provide a beautiful and thought-provoking space in which we can further open up the dialogue surrounding female health and empowerment.”

Jennifer Hirsch Dip.Hort.Kew (pictured), who designed the Lady Garden, says:
“The Body Shop and I have enjoyed a longstanding partnership and designing this garden has been an exciting way to express their feminist values in a new space. Everything about the garden has been chosen for its ties to femininity, including the soft-scaping, majority of the artisan contributors, and even myself as a female botanist.”

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