It’s Showtime, folks!
Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by admin
It’s that time of the year when all garden enthusiasts turn their thoughts to Chelsea….the annual RHS garden show at the home of the Chelsea Pensioners in London.
Since the first show in 1913, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this prestigious flower show has never ceased to thrill and inspire us with the most incredible plant and garden displays. The show gardens, whilst practically way beyond the reach of most gardeners, nonetheless serve as great inspiration…. We can always take something away with us and translate it into our own gardens, even if it is only a dramatic colour palette, a beautiful plant or planting combination or a new way to visualise the way we use our gardens. Show gardens tend to be thought provoking, sometimes controversial and push the boundaries of garden design, much like the “haute couture” of the fashion world. Whilst these large gardens may be the headliners, the smaller artisan or city gardens show how stunning spaces can be created on a more modest scale and offer achievable, beautiful and clever ideas whereby we can improve and re-imagine our own outdoor spaces.
Chelsea also offers an opportunity for a bit of “armchair” travel, with exhibitors from around the world setting up displays using their natural flora and unique design references … creating mini-landscapes highlighting the sheer diversity of the natural world… a kaleidoscopic glimpse into exotic locations and magical vistas. This year’s ‘Best In Show’ winner was an evocation of a Maltese quarry, austere in its beauty and hopeful in its message. A barren, abandoned quarry softened with natural planting… nature healing the landscape denuded by man. Not for you…? …Then take a meander around the floral pavilion. Here you are sure to find something you love. Floral displays that dazzle with their vibrant colours, intoxicating scents and alluring shapes. Nature in all its glory…
And the best part… you can go home with a head full of ideas, memorising the names of plants you simply have to acquire and on the last day, you may even stagger home under the weight of a vast potted plant, which can put down roots in your own garden.
So whether you are hot-footing it around the Chelsea walkways or merely watching the television coverage – enjoy the spectacle and do let us know which garden receives your People’s Choice vote.
Mr and Mrs Osman (Rye Garden)