A highlight of the horticultural calendar has to be RHS Chelsea Flower Show. After a whizz around Chelsea in Bloom we splashed out on evening tickets for the Flower Show. It would have been rude not to when we were just a stones throw from the entrance!
We headed straight to the floral pavillion where we enjoyed checking out the British Florist Association Young Florist if the Year entries. It took me back a few years to when I was a Finalist, though I couldn’t enter the young category anymore!
The theme this year was floral crowns. I was surprised as they got a bit lost in such a huge space, but the workmanship was outstanding! So many techniques were used in the designs from traditional wire work to cupping, layering, binding and glueing – a real feast for the eyes!
Onto the stands, I’ve captured some images of the gardens simply because I loved the colour and texture combinations! The deep purples fading into lilacs crossing into mustards and oranges then to all whites and ivories with the gentle sound of rainfall in the background, from the enchanting water feature.
The work that goes into these gardens is incredible making sure everything blooms on time. As a Growers’ daughter I appreciate how stressful this can be. But the results and the medals must be so worth it!
Primrose Hill’s peony stand was breathtaking! Tall vases packed with gorgeous blooms and stunning peony heads floating in a bath which was the perfect setting for photographs. Another gorgeous stand for floristry Inspiration was the Real Flower Company it was a setting you just wanted to grab your besties and some fizz and sit around and enjoy!!
Outside in the show gardens the gold medal winners stood out by a mile! The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden was phenomenal. The man built a canal in his garden with a lock! The planting scheme was soft and beautiful and looked amazing in the dusk light.
Andy Sturgeons M and G garden built by Crocus was amazing. So much work had gone into burning the wood to create the different levels and to project the theme of regeneration within nature.
I’ve always been a fan of designer Chris Beardshaw, since I met him years ago. His garden for Morgan Stanley was designed using familiar garden plants: poppies, lupine, iris flags and hundreds of ferns and foliage plants, over 3000 in total. This garden will be moved and replanted where the relaxation pods at the end can be enjoyed in a quieter environment than the bustle of Chelsea.
The final gold medal winner was The Resilience Garden by Sarah Eberle. This garden also won the construction prize – well done again to the Crocus team for this build. The garden showcased planting schemes for alongside a stream, an arid area and for the edge of a woodland. As well as a grain silo the most incredible statement trees were included in the design including a huge monkey puzzle tree – one of our favourites!!
We didn’t have time for shopping unfortunately, but the trade stands were all set out so beautifully with gorgeous planting schemes.
My conclusion is go! If you get the chance to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show then grab it. Put on some comfy shoes, take a camera and enjoy it. You will come away with a wealth of ideas, from flower walls, to gorgeous colour combinations. Photos from stands made for selfies and a wealth of botanical names, that will probably mean nothing to you, but if you like them note them down and support your local nursery by sourcing them there.
Wishing you a relaxing weekend.
Love Emma xx