RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
This was my first ever visit to the show and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but WOW it was amazing. No matter where you looked, everything was immaculate including the trade stands – which all get judged as well as the show gardens.
Here are my highlights:
I love colour and sculptures so the garden by David Harber and Savills Garden was one of my favourites. It only received a bronze award, which I was very surprised about, but after watching the review on TV it made sense – it was due to planting damp loving plants in a dry setting and also the heights of plants. I bet the designer and team were really disappointed as so much time and hard work will have gone into creating it.
The garden by Sarah Price for M&G had fabulous pots and the overall colour scheme was very earthy and warm which I found really relaxing. Thankfully I was able to see the garden early in the morning before the crowds arrived. It was awarded a gold medal and deservedly so.
Artisan garden by The Claims Guys, designed by Janine Crimmins won the People’s Choice Award and a silver gilt medal. It’s a garden you could recreate at home, which made it stand out from the other gardens. The dry stone walling was stunning and Andrew Loudon did an amazing job.
After listening to Chris Beardshaws presentation at RHS Malvern about the garden he was building at Chelsea, I was keen to see the end result as the story behind it was really interesting. The garden was sponsored by M&G for the NSPCC and won a gold medal and best show garden. I got shouted at by a photographer as I was under a tree canopy and I didn’t realise automatic flash was on my camera and the flash went off – I looked up and saw Kelly Brook was being filmed on the garden. Whoops! I apologised and left quickly. How embarrassing.
The Welcome to Yorkshire garden was really lovely and won a gold medal, best in show and also the best construction award. Again, it was a very naturalistic garden that made you feel right at home, but no doubt took a great deal of thought and planning to achieve.
Here’s a few more photos of the show…
Plant of the year goes to….
I’d like to give a shout-out to my fabulous network of fellow designers and creators – so proud of you all, as it takes hard work, passion, commitment and amazing talent to get to Chelsea (or any RHS show for that matter!)
Robert Barker – garden & landscape designer http://www.robertbarkerdesign.com/
Laura Jayne Fisk – fellow #SBS winner and twitter chum who designs and makes fabulous homewares https://www.laurajaynefisk.co.uk/
My chum Lou has a wonderful herd of alpacas and has turned their poo into an amazing business with a brilliant name of Lou’s Poo which is an organic fertiliser and is brilliant! https://www.thearchersatthelarches.com/products/lou-s-poo
My friend Hilary has an amazing nursery specialising in Eucalyptus trees – I never knew there were so many varieties! http://www.grafton-nursery.co.uk/
and lastly, the whole reason I went to Chelsea was to meet Brad from Solus Decor, who are providing the water feature for my ‘Beautiful Border’ at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in June 2018. My other sponsor is Screen With Envy – and you can see both products in action here
I had a brilliant time at Chelsea – and I can recommend it to anyone as the quality of every build and design is exceptional – I was blown away by it all! It’s a very very impressive event.
If you would like to know more about the gardens and the story behind them – have a read over on the RHS website https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens
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