As a garden photographer one of the joys of the Chelsea Flower Show is getting early access at 5.30am to witness some beautiful sunrises over the show gardens. With such a large catalogue of images I’m looking back at the past 5 years of gardens at Chelsea, a time that camera sensor technology really advanced too, allowing shots like these sunrises.
As an organic allotment holder I am always on the look out for gardens that incorporate growing fruit and vegetables. In 2017 the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Taste Garden designed by Jon Wheatley really had it all.
The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden designed by Mark Gregory in 2018 had a beautifully compact veg patch under a cascading Wisteria.
For small urban spaces Tom Massey found a great solution for growing your own.
A hand woven wicker compost heap was a novel idea on the garden designed by Ann-Marie Powell.
The cut flower garden by Sarah Raven was a delight and packed with colour.
Matt Keightley’s Radio 2 Texture garden had to have the best garden wall award.
His planting in the garden was also exquisite.
I’m always fascinated by the seating used by garden designers, my all time favourite were the granite boulders by Darren Hawkes.
Here’s a selection of some more.
A garden which took me back to the colourful Mexican palette I encountered on my travels was the Beneath A Mexican Sky garden designed by Manoj Malde.
Favourite water feature was Jo Thompson’s natural swimming pool, one day I’ll have my own it’s on the tick list.
These other water features I really liked.
First sauna in the garden at Chelsea, Paul Hervey-Brookes one was very enticing.
For the inner child in you, who didn’t want to climb up in to the tree house designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies and Adam White.
During lockdown many of us are having to work from home, Chelsea had some great spaces for garden offices.
Another on my to have list is the shepherd hut by Plankbridge, office or hideaway, tbc.
With climate change a reality, al fresco dining areas are increasingly important areas of the garden. This one designed by Tony Woods had an outdoor kitchen, edible living wall and had water conservation at it’s heart.
The RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden also had water conservation at it’s heart and creating spaces that are beneficial to wildlife.
Naturalistic planting is becoming more evident at Chelsea, a technique that I use in my own garden. It has been backed up in numerous studies that the colour green promotes quicker healing and recovery from illness and is also good for mental well being and stress reduction.
This softening with green can also be used in urban landscape design and community centres.
Finally the plants are the real show stoppers at Chelsea and here are some of my favourite views over the past 5 years.
Don’t you just love Chelsea.
Really missing Chelsea this year and seeing lots of friends there and coming home with bags full of design ideas, but looking forward to next years. Do check out this years RHS Virtual Chelsea by clicking this link.
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