Thousands of Plants Serenaded with Christmas Carols in the UK’s Highest Tropical Garden at Landmark Pinnacle

  • Jazz artists and classical musicians from Young Classical Artist’s Trust will play Christmas carols for the 3,500 plants in Landmark Pinnacle’s spectacular tropical garden. 
  • To encourage their diverse biophilia to thrive, developers Chalegrove Properties Ltd has arranged musical performances based on Reda H E Hassanien et al.’s scientific evidence that music helps plants grow.
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Landmark Pinnacle has started their series of un-fir-gettable performances in their panoramic gardens. However, these intimate performances are not just for residents but also for the plant life which occupies the entire 27th floor of the UK’s tallest residential tower. The 3,500 plants in Landmark Pinnacle’s gardens will enjoy a festive serenade in the form of Christmas carols played by musicians from the Young Classical Artist’s Trust.

According to the Journal of Integrative Agriculture, music encourages plant growth because it promotes the division and cell wall fluidity of callus cells and significantly enhances the activity of the protective enzymes and endogenous hormones responsible for growth[1]. As plants respond differently to different types of music[2], Chalegrove Properties Ltd arranged two different performances of classical and jazz.

Head of Planting Design at Gillespies, the specialists who brought the tropical gardens at Landmark Pinnacle into fruition, Giacomo Guzzon planned the planting at Landmark Pinnacle for a year-round, multi-sensory and biophilic experience. He references the landscape architect Karl Plomin, who described working out the right ‘melody’ for a particular place. 

Giacomo Guzzon says: “All gardens are dynamic, with constant change as each plant goes through its lifecycle. Plomin said that the art of planting design is selecting plants that will flourish in the area’s conditions, complement each other and grow well together, and provide the required atmosphere through their changing composition of colour, texture, height and scent. All the elements come together in harmony, creating the right atmosphere – whether that is peace and tranquillity, or interest and excitement

At Landmark Pinnacle we’ve combined over 3,500 plants from all over the world to create two quite different melodies – the calm west-facing contemplative half, with a series of secluded lounge areas, and the west-facing play area, with a children’s trail through the vegetation and themed family zones. Think of it in terms of ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Deck the Halls, or the adagio and an allegro movements in a symphony!”

These music performances are the latest step in a care program co-ordinated by Chalegrove Properties to ensure Landmark Pinnacle’s residents and all living things enjoy a healthy and thriving gardens which allow them to connect with nature in an otherwise urban setting.


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About Landmark Pinnacle

Landmark Pinnacle is the UK’s tallest residential building and is designed both externally and internally by world famous star-architect Squire and Partners.

Located in Canary Wharf and spanning 75 floors, Landmark Pinnacle offers residents breath-taking panoramic views of London’s iconic skyline. The residence also includes exceptional amenity spaces for residents to enjoy including the UK’s highest gym, a private cinema, dining spaces, and London’s highest private roof terrace on the 75th floor. 

About Chalegrove Properties Ltd. [CPL]

For over 30 years, Chalegrove Properties Limited (CPL) have delivered some of the UK’s most admired and commercially successful, high-end residential projects. Their position as one of London’s leading developers is a result of the strategic, long-term approach they have adopted since their incorporation in 1989.

This proven track-record has given them a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of the market, encompassing land acquisition, planning, design and construction, sales and marketing, to final completion.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the award-winning Landmark family of buildings, also known as the Landmark Estate, to which Landmark Pinnacle will be the last and most celebrated addition.

About Gillespies

Gillespies is a leading international landscape architecture and urban design consultancy with a history that spans six decades and six continents.  The practice has a global reputation for creating timeless, inclusive and ecologically smart urban environments that forge strong and meaningful connections between people, places, and nature. The practice is at the forefront of wellness design and is a renowned expert in roof and internal garden design.  

The practice was responsible for the landmark  Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch, London’s first publicly accessible internal roof garden. The scheme capitalises on the unique micro-climate created by the three-storey un-heated vaulted glass canopy, showcasing rare plants from around the world.  This project was closely followed by Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a partially open roof garden that sits above the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, which opened to the public in May 2015. This unique project is reminiscent of a ship laden with unusual and exotic specimens from around the globe. The garden is encased within a complex ETFE lattice timber roof structure that wraps around the building like a shell with openings that encourage light penetration and natural irrigation. The semi-permeable canopy structure creates a localised microclimate, allowing the planting of more sensitive and rare plants, a nod to the Warding Case, which 19th-century intrepid explorers used to transport foreign plants.

Gillespies was appointed by Chalegrove in 2019 to review the gardens on Level 27 (East and West) which had been designed by the lead architect Squire + Partners and landscape architect Farrer Huxley. Following a review, Gillespies re-designed the entire planting (East and West) and turned the conceptual idea of a garden into reality working with Phil Griffiths to create the perfect microclimatic conditions. Gillespies reviewed the design of the spaces with Squire + Partners, introduced a new approach for the garden and re-designed all the planting.



[1] Journal of Integrative Agriculture, February 2014,

[2] International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, October 2014,