RHS Chelsea Skill and Inspiration

I love the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a prestigious showcase of striking and innovative plants and garden designs.  Chelsea always leaves me full of inspiration for my own clients, so I thought I’d give you a taster in case you haven’t had the chance to get there yourself.

I had the honour this year of being part of the build team for Hardy’s Gold Awarded (yes Gold!!) display in the Great Pavilion.  Their 23rd Gold award from Chelsea, making Rosy Hardy undoubtedly one of the most successful plants-women in Chelsea’s history.

Apart from the excitement of award winning, Chelsea is a great opportunity for us garden designers to mix with the absolute best in the business when it comes to garden design and build; plantsmen and women, horticulturalists, fellow garden designers, landscapers and all-round plant geeks!

To create any beautiful garden, you need a trusted and multi-skilled team and a plant display in the Grand Pavilion is no exception.  Working with a talented team for the third year running, applying our combined creativity and resourcefulness with detailed plant and hard landscaping knowledge, we bring together all the elements required to design and build award winning gardens.

If you haven’t been able to get to Chelsea yourself this year, here’s a quick run-down of upcoming trends which might inspire you for your own garden, there’s definitely a natural stone theme for 2018:

Lots of wonderful stone, including stunning drystone walling and a stone house on the lovely Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, a drystone “niche” on The Claims Guy: A Very English Garden and another drystone wall in Kate Savill’s The Warner Edwards Garden in the Artisan Gardens.

Natural stone boulders amongst planting in the Vikings Wellness Garden and in the Japanese Omotenashi: The Hospitality Garden.

A striking stone structure in Matt Keightley’s Feel Good Garden – kindly being donated to the NHS after the show!

Plenty of naturalistic planting, the unusual and very pastel planting on the LG Eco-City Garden designed to reduce pollution and attract pollinators – there were plenty of bees buzzing around!

Sculptural Focal Points and Furniture – notably on Jo Thompson’s The Wedgewood Garden, The David Harber & Savills Show Garden and The Myloma UK Garden.

A vast array of beautiful plants in the Grand Pavilion (5 football pitches worth!) and nice to see some of the old favourites – dahlias and lupins!

All in all, a great show and one to catch up on if you can.  Congratulations to Hardy’s team and I can’t wait to incorporate some of Chelsea’s inspiration into my client’s gardens over the coming months.

Need some garden inspiration?  Give me a call on 07821 623196.

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