Armourcoat PPX® features in award-winning sanctuary show garden at Chelsea flower show


Armourcoat® were specified for an award-winning garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Thomas Hoblyn, and built by The Garden Builders, the Silver Gilt medal winning sanctuary show garden, incorporated Armourcoat’s exterior polished plaster (PPX).

The garden design, entitled “The Boodles Secret Garden”, is inspired by the well-loved children’s story by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, and is an interpretation of the journey to an enchanted, life-changing sanctuary.

PPX Two walls were hand finished with Armourcoat PPX, a low maintenance, durable exterior limestone render that creates stunning honed and textured stone-like finishes. 

Thomas Hoblyn commented “The garden has a very naturalistic feel about it and I used a lot of natural products like timber in its raw form and hand dressed stone and I really wanted to create a wall that had the same mood. Armourcoat PPX creates this lovely pitted effect so it looks like it’s been there for a long time which is bang on for the ambience I was trying to create for the sanctuary garden. Armourcoat really does have that natural beautiful textured finish. It’s a perfect exterior product as it looks flawless and is designed to last. I would happily use Armourcoat again and again and again, I would use them for all my show gardens because it’s a great way to get a really good effect but it’s a real product that you can use outside. This is not a stage set, this is a real garden and this is what Armourcoat are really good at doing”.

The finished garden highlights the importance of finding an inner sanctuary to restore and enhance life after uncertainty and crisis; a space in which to heal and move forward, metaphorically and in the real space of our own gardens.

Tom Hoblyn is a British landscape designer, horticulturist, and gardener designer. An established figure at both Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court designs “The Boodles Secret Garden” is Tom’s seventh show garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Client: Thomas Hoblyn

Photography: Patrick Kerrigan-Hall @patrick.kerriganhall