The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
London is in full bloom this week, The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is in full swing. Each year garden designers and landscapers are given just 19 days to create from scratch the most extraordinary creations, that you can’t quite believe haven’t perhaps been there for years. The UK’s top nurseries fill the Great Pavilion displaying cut flowers and vegetables that are also truly quite staggering.
The show is divided up into sections including the Show Gardens, the Artisan Gardens which showcase modest-sized gardens using special materials and the Space to Grow Gardens, a new category last year which focuses on smaller spaces.
The RHS Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has families and childhood at the heart of its design. Key elements of the garden include a beautifully crafted hollow log for children to climb through, a den, waterfall, stream and tree house.
The tree house formed the centrepiece of the garden and features a swing seat hanging from the branches, creating a place for children and families to play together. The waterfall and stream will also encourage play, from floating Poohsticks and chasing them along the stream to making dams with stones and sand to attract more wildlife.
Above ‘Gardening Will Save The World’ by designer Tom Dixon and Ikea presents a vision of the future of urban farming. This installation is a two-story garden with a horticultural laboratory underneath, specialising in hydroponics (a method of growing plants without soil) and above a garden specialising in edible plants such as kale and chard and plants with medicinal benefits.
One of the most staggering constructions at this years show is Mark Gregory’s Yorkshire Garden which quite rightly scooped a Gold medal.
Mark explained to Joe Swift on BBC One’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show: ‘I think this is as much as you can possibly do in 18 days, when you are making it from scratch. It’s not been brought in in modules, everything has been built here. It was a tough build, a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t want to do anything more ambitious than this. Certainly from the engineering and logistics with getting all the components, we’ve gone very, very large.’
Built by Mark’s company Landform Consultants, this garden is a special one, featuring authentic Yorkshire stonework, trees local to the county, flowing water and genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.
The show has almost completely sold out, but you can try for tickets via the official RHS website here.
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Nicky’s World May 2019