Chelsea Flower Show has been on my bucket list for many many years, and living in Europe means that it is now well within reach.
Unfortunately the day i had tickets was extremely wet. I felt more like a duck sloshing around in the puddles with my wellies on. I was determined to see as much as possible and not let the wet weather dampen my spirits.
There was so much to see, and i thoroughly enjoyed exploring the main tent with thousands of flowers on display, and of course the show gardens.
The Daily Telegraph Garden
Christopher Bradley-Hole’s garden design is an abstract design with japanese overtones. I like the contrast between the clipped hedges and the soft planting in between. The designer has used a mix of box, yew and beech to form the hedges.
Trailfinders Australian Garden
After 9 years of exhibiting and also promising that this year would be their last. Flemings nursery won Best in Show!! This was by far the busiest garden at the show and for good reason.
Its theme of how to sustainably harness rain and floodwater in a residential garden was given a glamorous interpretation involving a billabong, waterfalls and a rock gorge.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden
This was definitely one of my favourite show gardens. This is a calm, reflective, private garden space with a simple geometric layout. Native planting, together with stone, timber and water, creates spaces for relaxation and informal entertainment. The design includes a strong composition of crisp forms and layered planes, combined with sculptural and textural planting.
and a few photos of the flower displays……
I gained so much inspiration from the show gardens and i am already planning my trip for 2014!! Lets hope the sun is shining next year!