Keen to find out exactly what goes into a Chelsea Flower Show garden? Read on to discover the seeds we've planted to spread the importance of donkeys around the world.

Chelsea gardeners Annie and Christina

Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams, Garden Designers

Our designers

Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams trained at the English Garden School in London and set up their design practice in 2008. In 2010 they won a Gold Medal and Best in Show at Chelsea for an Artisan Garden celebrating Devon’s Two Moors Festival.

They work to create beautiful, practical gardens for clients and their families.

“We have a real fondness and appreciation for these gentle, hardworking animals, so were delighted to be asked by The Donkey Sanctuary to design an Artisan Garden to explain ‘why donkeys matter’.”

Donkeys Matter garden wide view
Side view of the Donkeys Matter garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
'Donkeys Matter' garden shelter view

Contractor: Frogheath Landscapes

Plants grown by: How Green Nursery

Ceramic lizards: Annabel Hatton

Artistic impression of the garden: Victoria MacDermott

Watch an exclusive interview with our designers and discover the story behind the 'Donkeys Matter' garden

Plant list*


  • Nepeta x fassenii 'Purrsian Blue'
  • Geranium x magnificum
  • Salvia nemerosa 'Maynight'
  • Geranium 'Patricia'
  • Dianthus carthusianorum
  • Knautia macedonica
  • Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' (for foliage)
  • Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue' (for foliage)
  • Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze' or purpureum (for foliage)
  • Lychnis 'Hill Grounds'
  • Sisyrinchium 'E K Balls'
  • Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' (for foliage)


  • Rosa glauca (for foliage)
  • Santolina 'E A Bowles' (for foliage)
  • Lavendula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
  • Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
  • Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'


  • Either Lavendula angustifolia (British grown) or step-over Vitis vinifera

Ground cover

  • Artemisia stelleriana 'Boughton Silver'
  • Erigeron karvinskianus
  • Alchemilla erythropoda
  • Acaena microphylla 'Copper Carpet'
  • Thymus

Bulbs, corms and rhizomes

  • Allium 'Miami'
  • Iris germanica
  • Gladiolus byzantinus


  • Stipa lessingiana
  • Stipa gigantea


  • Pinus parviflora 'Glauca'
  • Cupressus sempervirens
  • Ficus carica (grown as a wall shrub)

High arid region

  • Asphodeline lutea
  • Eryngium bourgatii
  • Euphorbia eg wulfenii
  • Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'
  • Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'
  • Pittosporum tobira

* Correct at time of publishing.