The Caravan Club has named 2012 'A Celebration of Touring' in
order to celebrate caravanning and motorhoming and the joys and
benefits that it brings to hundreds of thousands of people across
As part of the celebrations The Club is very pleased to be
working with garden designer, Jo Thompson, on a 'Staycation'
inspired garden called 'A Celebration of Caravanning' at this
year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden will promote the
benefits of holidaying in the UK and will highlight the enjoyment
of touring to a wider audience, promoting both the pleasures of
caravanning and The Caravan Club, to the thousands of visitors that
will be attending the show between 22 -26 May 2012.
Lawrence Bate, Director of Marketing for The Caravan Club, says,
"Caravanning is a very British pursuit, and what better year than
2012 to fly the flag for touring and enjoying England. 2012 will
see many visitors to the UK and a caravan or motorhome is a viable
accommodation option, which is both flexible and affordable."
He continues; "The Club already represents over a million
members who recognise the positive aspects of touring but The Club
hopes that by supporting this garden more people will gain insight
into this wonderful leisure pursuit."
Taking part in such a high profile event will also give The
Caravan Club a great opportunity to talk to the national media
about the thousands of beautiful gardens across the British Isles,
many of which have Club sites nearby. I, for one, am very excited
about The Club having such a fantastic presence at such a
prestigious and respected event, especially with an extremely
talented designer (who has a personal passion for caravans)
representing The Club's interest. I'm sure it will hugely benefit
The Club as a whole and I can't wait to find out how the garden
does at the show and view the end result.
Jo started her career in garden design in 2005. She is
recognised for her unique planting design skills and has been named
as one of the 10 rising stars in garden design by House and Garden
magazine. She is also a visiting tutor at the London College of
Jo's no stranger to the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2010 Jo was
awarded a gold medal and Best Urban Garden in show for her
'Unexpected Gardener', a courtyard garden for the charity Thrive,
and, with her love of caravans, she is the perfect designer to be
representing the Club at the Chelsea Flower Show.
About our Garden
The Caravan Club's 'Celebration of Caravanning' garden combines
the latest colours and planting trends with a practical and useable
space. It takes inspiration from a bygone era, of nostalgic family
caravanning holidays, a very British past time. This is the first
time that a caravan has appeared at the Chelsea Flower show, and
The Caravan Club want people to see caravans and caravanning in a
A liberal use of pink and cream roses and peonies soften a
fairly geometric and simple layout which is based around a vintage
caravan at the far end of the garden.
"This garden was always intended to be a real garden," Jo says.
"A place that people could identify with, recreate at home, a space
that you might find at the bottom of your own garden. I hope people
find it welcoming with familiar and traditional plants arranged in
a fresh way."
Working with UK craftsmen, Jo's designs for a water rill, to
cool bottles of English sparkling wine, oak benches and a dog
kennel echoing the shape of the 1950's caravan are important
British-made details in the garden. As are the cut flowers grown on
a smallholding in Somerset which will decorate the interior of the
I am pleased to announce Jo has agreed to give us
regular updates on Club Together, allowing us to follow the
progress of The Caravan Club garden. Jo will also be giving us some
helpful hints and tips on what we should be doing in our own
gardens, invaluable advice from a top designer exclusive to Club
Photos shown are of The Caravan Club garden design and Jo
out and about caravanning.