Rhoda Nevins, the creator of the 12-panel Magna Carta Embroidery project, has created two banners for the Magna Carta Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Five times Chelsea Flower Show award winners Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour of A Touch of France Garden Design are designing the Magna Carta garden.
“It is such an honour to have been asked to contribute to A Touch of France’s Chelsea Flower Show Magna Carta garden. It is already a very exciting year for all things Magna Carta and the Magna Carta Embroidery project. Being part of Chelsea is a real highlight”, says Rhoda Nevins, who is a member of the Royal School of Needlework and part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.
Rhoda has designed two Heraldic pennants as part of the garden, which will have a formal layout reminiscent of gardens of the medieval period. It will also include a wattle arch over a turf bench that affords support for climbing plants such as old roses and honeysuckle. The garden’s arrangement symbolizes the new law and order of the time.
Patricia and Janet are delighted to be working with sponsors Surrey County Council and the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel to create a garden linked to such a historic event.
“Janet and Patricia have designed what looks like being a spectacular garden that, like the Embroidery Project will bring the story of Magna Carta to life. It’s a fantastic collaboration, and I feel so very excited to be involved and able to contribute”, says Rhoda.
Royal School of Needlework member Rhoda Nevins was commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council to design and embroider the twelve panel tapestry to mark the 800th anniversary.
Each of the 12 panels tells the story of the events and the significant figures involved.
Each Magna Carta Trust town has its panel. The panels represent Runnymede, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, the City of London, Canterbury and Hereford. Five additional panels will portray how it shaped the spread of law and order throughout the world from 1215 to the present. Canada, Australia, America, India and Africa will make up the five additional panels.
There is an added panel including all the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing.
The Project will exhibit at various events and museums throughout the year, culminating on 15th June when The Queen will attend commemorations at Runnymede where the embroideries will be on display.
Photo Credits: Rhoda Nevins 2015