Chris Beardshaw to create Morgan Stanley's Healthy Cities Garden

Rather than following the traditional route of simply attaching its name to a show garden, first time RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsor Morgan Stanley has asked Chelsea stalwart Chris Beardshaw to design a garden to form an integral part of the firm’s global Healthy Cities programme.  

The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden is an artistic interpretation of ‘community’ and has been specifically designed by Chris to be relocated after the show to become the central feature of a new community project in East London.  Further details of the project will be announced by Morgan Stanley in early 2015.  This project builds on the firm’s 40+ year commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of children through philanthropic community involvement. 

Through the garden design, Chris has taken a holistic view and considered the mechanism of what makes a city healthy and, by definition, what gives rise to a healthy community.  The formal geometry of the hedges, paths and walls, symbolises the physical infrastructure of a community.  The internal, interwoven knot garden creates a framework for Chris’ vibrant perennial planting which denotes the social diversity within a community.  The understorey of contrasting and flowing perennials are punctuated with sparkling vertical spires which create a cloud of colour to draw the planting together in a harmonious tapestry. Like the residents, the plants are diverse in their geographic origin, texture and character, but they coexist to form a successful community.

The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities programme integrates the delivery of the fundamental building blocks of Wellness, Play and Nutrition so that children can get a healthy start in life.  Once the show garden is relocated, it will become the centrepiece of a newly developed community space which will include a safe place for children to learn and play, a location for community events, and dedicated areas for residents to grow their own produce. 

Eight times RHS gold medal winner, Chris Beardshaw said, “Creating a beautiful standalone show garden which also has to work as one tile within a wider project, is an exciting challenge and one I hope we have achieved through this design.  I am wholly supportive of Morgan Stanley’s Healthy Cities initiative as I believe that people in all communities should have access to quality green space, areas for play and the opportunity to positively interact.  I am thrilled to be representing the work of Morgan Stanley with this show garden and wider community project and am looking forward to working with its team of volunteers in helping to relocate this garden to its new home following Chelsea.”

Colm Kelleher, President of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley, said:  “We are delighted to be working with Chris Beardshaw on our first ever Chelsea show garden which will ultimately form a great centrepiece for our community initiative.  Chris has considerable experience in working on community space projects and his design for the Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities show garden fully embraces the core themes of our Healthy Cities programme . We are looking forward to working with Chris not only to produce a stunning garden for Chelsea, but also to relocate the garden as a lasting legacy for the benefit of the community.”

The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden will be located on Royal Hospital Way – Plot number RHW/8.  Having won the People’s Choice award for three years Chris is hoping to once again delight the many thousands of visitors to Chelsea with his plantsman’s passion for vibrant and luscious plant combinations which has become his signature and much admired style.

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Notes to editors:
Renowned plantsman, designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw is involved with a wide range of horticultural projects and educational initiatives. His broadcasting career spans over 17 years and he can currently be heard as a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and seen on BBC’s weekly Beechgrove Garden from April-October. For further details on all of Chris’ latest projects, please visit: www.chrisbeardshaw.com www.twitter.com/chrisbeardshaw        www.facebook.com/ChrisBeardshawGardenDesign

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.  With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. . For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

The Healthy Cities programme builds on Morgan Stanley’s Global Alliance for Children’s Health, a commitment that has invested in innovations in pediatric care so that more children can get the healthy start they need for consistent and meaningful achievement in life. The flagship of the Global Alliance efforts is the Firm’s 40-year relationship with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. More recently, Morgan Stanley created partnerships with international hospitals, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and Beijing Children's Hospital. Morgan Stanley employees play a critical role, lending expertise, financial support and sweat equity to benefit children’s centres across the globe. For more information about Healthy Cities, please visit www.morganstanley.com/healthycities

For media enquiries for Chris Beardshaw please contact: Jane Southcott pr, jane@janesouthcottpr.co.uk, t: 01275 852026 m: 07787 527430

For media enquiries for Morgan Stanley, please contact Hugh Fraser or Tom Walton at Morgan Stanley Hugh.fraser@morganstanley.com, t: 020 7425 3923 or 
Tom.walton@morganstanley.com, t: 020 7425 5658

Posted on January 5, 2015 .