Photos Guy and April Harris
So I’m finally getting around to writing a post on the incredible Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show this year! The Chelsea Flower Show is always wonderful – testament to this is the fact that it always sells out early – so if you want to go next year, start watching the RHS site in a few months’ time. Even better, join the RHS, and you will get advance notice and booking, as well as the chance to visit on the ‘members only’ days as my husband and I did this year. This is not to say the members only days are not crowded – Chelsea is always packed with people, and the best way to see the show gardens is to get there as early as possible. It’s a fabulous atmosphere though and such a great day out. This year was extra special with it being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and a lot of the exhibitors worked that theme into their gardens and displays.
Two of my favourite gardens were the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden designed by Joe Swift (photo top left) and the Occitane Immortelle Garden designed by Peter Dowle (photo top right), both of which won Gold medals. I loved the structure of both these gardens as well as the way the plants drew one in, making you want to walk through the gardens following the paths.
The National Association of Flower Arranging Societies were inspired by Monet’s Gardens at Giverny in France this year, somewhere I was lucky enough to visit a few years ago. They really captured the wonderful feel of the gardens in their stunning arrangements.
This is only the beginning of the gorgeous displays and gardens we saw at
Chelsea 2012, but despite the fact I have reduced the resolution of these photos, if I include any more this post will take far too long to download. Watch this space for another post with yet more highlights!