JOIN US AS WE UNCOVER THE SHOW STOPPING GARDENS AND AWE-INSPIRING FLORALS AT THE 2015 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW.
One of the most highly anticipated dates in the horticultural diary, once again the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show returns with its show-stopping array of inspiring floral masterpieces. Drawing on its rich history, the show began over a hundred years ago in 1913 and still takes place in the serene setting of the Chelsea London Hospital grounds today. Uncovering the latest trends and cutting design in the gardening world, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence.
A welcoming retreat amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, we were thrilled to be invited for a first glimpse of the delights on offer. Making our way through the spring-time showers, even the rain couldn’t put a damper on these blossoming blooms! Join us as we reveal our highlights of the show…
Highlighting the changing face of garden design, the Chelsea Flower Show showcases exceptional talent from all over the world. Bringing together a wealth of rich plant life, the gardens showcase a wide range of diverse designs that convey a thought-provoking experience.
Falling into three categories, the award-winning Show Gardens represent the best of garden design, planting and construction. Embracing innovative ideas, the Fresh Gardens push the boundaries of design with new materials, trends and technology. Truly enchanting, the Artisan Gardens encompass timeless design with a stylish twist using natural materials from sustainable sources.
The Homebase Urban Retreat Garden, in association with Macmilan Cancer Support
Gold medal award winner Adam Frost returns with his urban inspired garden, drawing on the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer. The garden represents the balance of nature and the manmade environment, blending the lush greenery and corten steel materials. It’s a place where city dwellers can come together as a community and enjoy all that the flourishing wildlife has to offer.
The Beauty of Islam by Al Barari
Encompassing the beauty of Arabic and Islamic culture, Al Barari’s garden reflects on the relationship between humankind and the earth which is prominent in the Islamic culture. A contemporary take on traditional Islamic design, the garden is designed to be a sanctuary in which to relax and nurture the soul.
The Great Chelsea Challenge by Sean Murray
The winner of BBC2 series The Great Garden Chelsea Challenge, Sean Murray, was chosen from over hundreds of gardeners to design and build his very own feature garden at RHS Chelsea. Welcoming Sean with open arms, the keen gardener is the first amateur to display their own Show Garden. Inheriting his passion from his father, Sean’s garden highlights the rising number of front gardens in Britain that are now paved over and shows how to incorporate both greenery and concrete.
Making our way into The Great Pavilion, undoubtedly the center piece of the show, it’s home to many of Britain’s best nurseries, plant societies, florists and not forgetting, an array of stunning displays from all around the world. Taking time to marvel over the fascinating display of blooms in all colours and styles, each exhibit was truly breathtaking!
Alice in Wonderland display by Simon K Lycett
Kate Bainbridge, Simply Flowers
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, fourteen florists were handpicked to showcase their floral interpretation of this legendary tale in a bid to compete for the award-winning title of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. Offering a floral extravaganza indeed, we couldn’t help but admire this stunning display from Devonshire florist Kate Bainbridge.
Taking our vote for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year for 2015 is the stunning Lilium, grown by Vletter & Den Hann. This prestigious award celebrates the wonderful range of new plants launched at the show, with a panel of RHS expert’s shortlisting 20 sensational plants that have been displayed this year.
Coming up roses is the beautiful David Austin Rose display, one of our all-time favourite exhibits.
The beauty of Thailand in a sea of cut flower orchids, by Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.
Time for Tea by Interflora
RHS Campaign For School Gardening in Partnership with the UK Space Agency
Shining the spotlight on plant science and education, Rocket Science is a nationwide initiative enabling half a million school children to sow rocket seeds that have been flown to the International Space Station. Supporting thousands of schools around the country, learn how the RHS are inspiring children of all ages to learn about the importance of plant life and encouraging them to embrace their green-fingered side.
Cacti & Succulents by Southfield Nurseries
Petals a plenty at the Peonies exhibit by Kelway Plants.
The World Vision Garden, by World Vision
Inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Cambodia, the World Vision Garden focuses on the cultivation of rice. As a key provider of nutrition and income across the developing world, the garden highlights the plight of hunger in third world countries; however hope blooms as the delicate water violets appear. Incredibly thought-provoking, each element of the garden design reflects each part of the World Vision ethos.
The Evaders Garden by Chorley Council
Designer John Everiss was inspired by his RAF father who was helped to freedom by ordinary French citizens. Reflecting on these acts of self-less bravery, the sculpture of the young pilot highlights the bond between helper and evader.
A truly inspiring day to be had! If you’re feeling inspired to tap into your green-natured side, browse our range of outdoor and gardening products now.