RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 will see the latest creation of artisan garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes go on show - and this time he is paying homage to a Nordic cruise line.

Paul, who is based in Painswick, has created ‘The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden’, which examines the role of the great outdoors in the life of Scandinavians.

The garden draws on the Nordic landscape and celebrates the deep connection between nature and wellbeing which provides a sanctuary for both body and mind.

It explores three dimensions of wellness; eating well, living well, and the idea of balance brought about by interacting with the landscape and living in harmony with nature.

Paul’s design incorporates wood, stone and other natural materials used throughout Viking’s Ocean and River cruise ships.

The primary material is Norwegian pine, which is used in the construction of the sauna, a garden bench and floating boardwalks inspired by vernacular use of timber walkways and terraces in Nordic design.

Further inspiration is drawn from the rejuvenating powers of the Nordic bathing ritual with a plunge pool that adds to the design and demonstrates the link between inner well-being and the ritual of bathing.

Other key features include high proportions of indigenous Scandinavian plants such as Sorrel, Rumex Acetosa, Wild Onion, Allium Scorodoprasm and Goosefoot, and Chenopodium Album that have either medicinal or edible purpose - selected for their historical herbal and culinary uses to illustrate a connection between ancient cooking techniques and modern-day cuisine.

Traditional Nordic plants are supplemented with other herbaceous and woody plant species including Morus Alba, the Mulberry, Galium Ordoratum, White Flowering Woodruff and Angelica, which are known for their health enhancing properties.

Commenting on the design, Paul Hervey-Brookes said; “For The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden design, I have selected plants that are important to the lifecycle of people in Scandinavia.

“This garden has an important narrative – one of living well, being in balance with our surroundings and one of how we interact with the landscape.

“Importantly, it shows the clear and defining link between Viking and the Nordic countries that it draws influence from.

The Viking Wellness Artisan garden at 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be showcased from May 22 to 26 in plot AR560.