RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
Sunday, 27th May, 2018
Following a beautifully elegant and white floral Royal wedding at Windsor, a walk down Sloane Street to Sloane Square in London you are immediately hit by the amazing colourful floral displays outside many of the shops as well as in the centre of the square, all part of Chelsea in Bloom and you definitely know that this is time for for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
So what can you expect this year at Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by M & G Investments and what are the highlights? Thankfully there has been a return in part to a more natural style of planting in some of the show gardens, lots and lots of Lupins everywhere, a Floral Marquee bursting with some incredible blooms from independent nurseries and impressive trade stands selling everything from ceramic fruit to sheep wool blended compost.
Chelsea Flower Show is the catwalk of Flower Shows with big budgets for the larger show gardens. There are amazing buildings, hard landscaping and plants that have been grown or sourced to perfection. Some of the gardens highlight and communicate messages from charities (Supershoes is a wonderful charity highlighting children’s cancer), others have been sponsored by finance companies, drinks companies or tourist boards like The Yorkshire Garden. The smaller gardens are always very popular and more achievable to the gardener although with all the show gardens, you have to keep in mind that this is a show full of buried pots which are closely packed together in a higher density than you would normally find in a traditional garden.
Below is a small taster of what stood out for me this year on a brief visit.
One of the main highlights of Chelsea has to be the lovely artisan gardens which are smaller and more achievable for most gardeners. But the most spectacular is always the offering from the incredible Japanese. The Hospitality Garden O-me-te-na-shi no NIWA is simply breathtaking, so serene and you don’t quite know where to look first.The back of the garden which isn’t seen unless you walk behind, is just as wonderful as the front with amazing detail. Acers, trees,ferns and moss smother the high walls and you can understand why this garden won Gold and Best in Show in it’s category.
And although I was looking rather worse than wear, I was very happy to see my friend Ian Drummond from Indoor Garden Design who co created a workspace space with Ikea showing how Indoor plants used in a home office environment can provide a range of physical and psychological benefits.
I have worked with Ian recently co designing an installation as part of the Chelsea Fringe at the iconic entrance to the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell. “The Geranium At The Door” installation which is up until the end of June,is decorated in an eclectic way to suit the hotels interior. Geraniums from Pelargonium Europe in a range of vivid colours, adorn the arch high above the doorway and spill onto the pavement below. This quintessential popular urban bedding plant has been used in an alternative way to the normal window box treatment and Zetter Hotel are offering a special floral inspired cocktail to celebrate.
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