Naomi Slade’s Sex Pistols-inspired Punk Garden

May 11, 2024

What were you like ‘back in the day’?  Goth, Valley, Stoner, Jock?  Something else?  Me? I was some weird Denver thing that involved high hair, shoulder pads and Wranglers.   I have no idea what you might have called it — but it definitely wasn’t punk.

Now, if I were to indulge in a theme persona today, I would most certainly be Punk.  Rebellion, individualism, free thought, and a splash of anti-authoritarianism — yep, that is me now (at least ideologically) — minus the discontent and the fact that I am not sure I can pull off the outfits without a big smirky smile that would ruin the whole look.

A nod to the sex pistols – Naomi is featured in a promo poster for the Gold Winning Garden.

According to Naomi Slade, “Punk is more than music, spiky hair, and statement aggression.” Rather, “Punk is an entire art form encompassing fashion, art, and poetry.”  

So with a desire to do something different (and perhaps, I wonder, to re-live some youthful style?), Naomi created ‘Never Mind the Hollyhocks’ – A punk-inspired garden that is ” anarchic yet attractive and habitable”.

A garden sculpture for the Nevermind the Hollyhocks garden. Crafted by Naomi and her sister it is a beautiful and organic piece that (I think) looks a lot like a Bromeliad.

From Naomi:

“There are reminders of punk icons such as Vivienne Westwood, The Sex Pistols and poet John Cooper Clarke. A backdrop of battered corrugated sheet, splashed with paint and daubed with graffiti exhibits the degradation and grunge that typifies the punk style while denim, tartan, union flags and PVC reference fashion. Many of the containers are found and utilitarian objects, including old-fashioned metal dustbins – picking up a frequent punk reference, as in the poem ‘Beasley Street’ by John Cooper Clarke.

The plants are chosen for their assertive style and visual attitude, picking up signature characteristics of punk – sombre colours, splashes of white bleach, spikes and dashes of brilliant reds and pinks. It is foliage-rich. Gunnera, phormiums, and amaranth are beautiful and striking, yet there is a subtle anarchy and occasional humour; some of the vegetables are running to seed while rips in the Gunnera leaves echo those in punky denim fabric.

-Naomi Slade

I love this garden (which took a Gold medal, woo hoo!), and what I love even more is that Naomi has also written an article for the upcoming issue of Leaf Magazine  (it will be out this week!) that couldn’t be more stylistically different….proof not only of her range but that (I think) the most interesting style is the one that blends perfectly for you.

Look out for a new garden in 2024 at the Chelsea Flower Show, where Naomi will be showcasing a garden designed to deal with the ever-increasing threat of flooding.

images from naomi slade.

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  1. Jeane says:

    Wow! I love the shade of colors you choose. I am very glad that you shared the photos. They are really cool! Check my post at

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