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The Stones at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

The month of May sees both Malvern Spring Festival and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, two great gatherings for horticulturists. Fortunately this year I had access to the show ground at Chelsea on the Sunday, a blessing as the weather for the press day on Monday looked like it was going to be wet and windy. On the Sunday the gardens are receiving their finishing touches and it is usually quite a frantic time. Not so this year as most of the gardens seemed very complete when I arrived in the morning.

This was the start of my 4 day photo shoot at Chelsea with 5.30am early access for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when the light is usually much kinder for photographers.

Walking round finding where each garden designer had their garden this year I came across the one designed by James Basson for L’Occitaine. Perhaps it was the Monet’esque bright red poppies that stopped me in my tracks and the feeling of being transported to the south of France.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 L'Occitaine: A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson - Sponsor – L'Occitaine UK Ltd - awarded

A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson – Sponsor – L’Occitaine UK Ltd – awarded Gold Medal

Tufa stone was used to great effect  in the garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 L'Occitaine: A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson - Sponsor – L'Occitaine UK Ltd - awarded Gold

Tufa stone in the James Basson designed garden

I was next transported to the Middle East and it’s wonderful architecture and gardens. In this garden designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal white marble was used for the hard landscaping.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Beauty of Islam - Designer – Kamelia Bin Zaal - Sponsor - Al Barari Firm Managemnet LLC awarded Silver Gilt

The Beauty of Islam – Designer – Kamelia Bin Zaal – Sponsor – Al Barari Firm Managemnet LLC awarded Silver Gilt

Both these gardens seemed to be at their best in the bright sunlight, a time I don’t usually photograph gardens.

The Artisans gardens are usually a better bet to go to when the light is too bright as they are usually more shaded with dappled sunlight..

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss - Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver Gilt (stained glass by Irene Mackay).

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss – Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver Gilt (stained glass by Irene Mackay).

In the front of the garden who spotted the evader in front of the bombed stone church? Such a clever piece made by John Everiss himself.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss - Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver gilt

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss – Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver gilt

There was the beautiful, if a bit samey Japanese garden ‘Edo no Niwa’ designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara wh0 uses stone to great calming effect.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 – Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara - Sponsor – Cat's Co Ltd – awarded Gold

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara – Sponsor – Cat’s Co Ltd – awarded Gold

The designer himself.

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara - Sponsor – Cat's Co Ltd – awarded gold

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara – Sponsor – Cat’s Co Ltd – awarded gold

A garden I was drawn back to again and again was the one designed by Darren Hawkes.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

Perhaps this was due to the use of stone from Bodmin for the granite boulder seating. If you ever get chance visit the Cheesewring on Bodmin moor and find one of the naturally weathered granite stone boulder seats there and shut your eyes for a while, but be prepared for lift off.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

I wondered whether this piece in the garden was inspired by the Men-an-Tol stone circle in Cornwall.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

Bodmin is home to the Hurlers stone circle and the Cheesewring a place I have been drawn back to over the years. The Cheesewring with it’s balanced granite boulders is a favourite place to photograph. On reflection power places built with stone seem to have a big magnetic attraction for me!

Balanced weathered stones Bodmin moor

Balanced weathered stones Bodmin moor

Dan Pearson’s Chatsworth garden was another garden with giant stones as a feature, this time gritstone.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden - Designer – Dan Pearson - Sponsor - Champagne Laurent - Perrier awarded gold and best in show

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden – Designer – Dan Pearson – Sponsor – Champagne Laurent – Perrier awarded gold and best in show

The oak boardwalk started between two gritstone boulders.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden - Designer – Dan Pearson - Sponsor - Champagne Laurent - Perrier awarded gold and best in show

The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden – Designer – Dan Pearson – Sponsor – Champagne Laurent – Perrier awarded gold and best in show

Charlie Albone’s garden had some beautiful stonework in it, the sandstone path and columns had lovely patterns in it.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded

The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone – Sponsor – Husqvarna – Gardena – awarded Silver Gilt

At the end of the garden was a well crafted dry stone fire pit and wall.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded Silver Gilt

The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone – Sponsor – Husqvarna – Gardena – awarded Silver gilt

Charlie’s garden had to have the most talked about plant of all the show gardens, this beautiful Protea illuminated in early morning sunlight.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded Silver Gilt

Protea in The Time in Between Garden, Designed by Charlie Albone

Matthew Keightleys’s garden had conical stone pillars sourced from Cumbria supporting the porch of the house and a stone waterfall to the side.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability - Designer Matt Keightley - Sponsor - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation – Sentebale – Princes Foundation for Building Community - awarded Silver Gilt Medal

Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability – Designer Matt Keightley – Sponsor – David Brownlow Charitable Foundation – Sentebale – Princes Foundation for Building Community – awarded Silver Gilt Medal and People’s Choice award.

Finally it was good to see Harry and David Rich’s garden receive a gold medal, they both know how to design gardens with natural stone. Here they are sat on their dry stone bench.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth – Designers Harry and David Rich - Sponsor - Cloudy Bay – Bord na Mona - awarded Gold medal

Designers Harry and David Rich – Sponsor – Cloudy Bay – Bord na Mona – awarded Gold medal

 


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RHS/BBC, People’s Choice: Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – a garden photographers view.

The winners of the RHS, BBC People’s Choice award at the Chelsea flower show 2014 have just been announced, here is a small selection of my garden photographers overview of the gardens.

Show Gardens: People’s Choice

‘Hope on the Horizon’ designed by Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes, awarded Silver Gilt.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

 

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

 

Fresh Gardens section: People’s Choice

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design, sponsors Countryside awarded Gold Medal & Best in Show.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design

Artisans Section: People’s Choice

Le Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin, built by Aire Valley Landscaping, sponsor Welcome to Yorkshire.

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

 

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea

Tour de Yorkshire garden – designer Alistair W Baldwin

Thanks for popping by to take a look.


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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gardens 2014 – A Garden Photographers View

I usually post a blog after an RHS show, but have never posted one of Chelsea. After being contacted via Twitter and email with requests, here is my photographers view of the 2014 show gardens.

There is no real order of preference with the gardens, they were photographed over 5 days. My photography is about quality over quantity and making the gardens look like they are not in a show, I haven’t included all the gardens This blog is about the ones that caught my eye as a garden photographer.

Professional garden photographers can apply for 5.30am access, a real bonus as the gardens look at their best, with the best light after sunrise. It is a very busy time for photographers as the images have to be out as quickly as possible, everyone has deadlines and commissions to fulfil so getting a blog out has to take a back seat, though nowadays Twitter works for instant views.

As it is the 50th Anniversary of the RHS Britain in Bloom, I will start with the garden designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould. My own town of Stroud benefits from a great splash of colour in the summer as it puts on displays for Britain in Bloom, as do many other places in Britain. It really brightens up the town and is probably something that is taken for granted, without the floral displays the place would look duller.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

I liked the story behind the garden and it packed in lots of different microclimates ‘from the moors to the sea’.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

The seaside element took me back to when I used to live next to the sea in an old wooden seaside house in Mumbles, Wales. From there it was easy access to go up to the Brecon Beacons, to one of my favourite places Pen Y Fan.

Two rising stars in the garden design world are Harry & David Rich who are from Trefeitha in the Brecon Beacons, their gardens are influenced by their natural surroundings. I first saw their work when I had a commission to photograph the RHS show in Cardiff, where they gained a gold medal. It was my favourite garden there. This year after their Artisan gold medal at Chelsea last year they were on main avenue with “The Night Sky Garden”.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Vital Earth – The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich – Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

I do love their use of natural materials and being a photographer who really enjoys photographing stone, I was pleased to see Welsh stone incorporated into their garden. The stone really added that natural feel to the garden and was one of my favourite elements in all the gardens.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

It took me a few days to find out whether the garden feature in Luciano Giubbilier’s Best in Show, gold medal garden was wood or stone, I will leave you guessing, it was an element I thought added impact to the garden and also being a landscape and travel photographer added a great landscape into the garden with different light affecting it’s look throughout the day.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

The Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier – Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

This garden was the first I photographed during my 5 days at the show, the light in the morning was very captivating.

 Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

The garden had stone seats which looked very elegant, but a bit uncomfortable.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Seating in the the Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

One place I really wanted to sit was on the oak tree bench in the Adam Frost garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect – in association with the Alzheimer’s Society – Designer Adam Frost

Adam’s garden was also a more naturalistic garden that had lots of great elements. I liked the outdoor living area covered with a turf roof and the limestone boulders in the garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

Designer Adam Frost

Another seat I liked the look of for its design, was in the garden designed by Hugo Bugg for the Royal Bank of Canada, but I wouldn’t want it in my own garden.

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Royal Bank of Canada – Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg – Sponsor RBC

 

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

concrete seat

The Rich brothers seating again was wooden set between a dry stone wall.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Seating in the Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

The seating in The Telegraph garden was very contemporary and was part of the stylish garden design.

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden – Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

I was quite taken by the garden, I liked the lime trees creating shade in the patio area and perhaps it was because the garden had a large lawn area it appeared open and light.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014- The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz - Sponsors The Telegraph

My own lawn looks nothing like this one as it has dandelions, daisies, yarrow and many other weeds/medicinal herbs in it and is left to be overgrown in the most part, but at least you could see the Telegraph garden being used by a family, with a space for the children to play.

My first walk round the show gardens I wasn’t very taken by the Cleve West garden as I was looking with a photographers eye and the light wasn’t very good when I saw it. However, at sunrise the garden really clicked into place and the divine light made it truly mesmerising. It was a garden that I kept going back to, it had a peaceful and calming feel to it and I did fall in love with it. This first photo was taken low to the ground at plant level.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

 

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West –

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Another garden that was designed for photographers because of the light was the Hope on the Horizon Garden designed by Matthew Keightley making his debut at Chelsea.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley – Sponsors – David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

It was a garden that always had the photographers there as it had so many elements to photograph.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley

 

Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley –

The Fresh gardens area of the show I always head for, though this year I didn’t get to photograph until the Tuesday as I had other commitments. I loved the Mind’s Eye garden, which was another photographers favourite and it won Best in Show for the Fresh gardens.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden for the RNIB – Royal National Institute for the Blind – designers LDC Design – sponsors – Countryside – awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

I could have spent a long time photographing the garden as it had so many great angles and fantastic planting.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

Although stone and wood were the predominant materials used in the gardens, metal materials were used in a few of them.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin

Copper used in the Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

The artisans gardens are a treat as they pack lots of great ideas into a small space. The winner of the best Artisan garden went to ‘Togenkyo – A Paradise on Earth’. I didn’t photograph it as I thought it was a bit too much same as before. I did like the Potter’s garden and thought this one deserved the best in show in the Artisans garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Dial A Flight - Potter's Garden - Designer Nature Redesigned - Sponsor DialAFlight

The Dial A Flight – Potter’s Garden – Designer Nature Redesigned

The Topiary garden was also very popular.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Topiarist’s Garden - designer Marylyn Abbott - sponsors Zenith44

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 – The Topiarist’s Garden – designer Marylyn Abbott – sponsors Zenith44

As I was born in Leeds I was keen to see the Tour de Yorkshire garden. The bicycle wheels incorporated into the Yorkshire stone wall was a clever idea but I wasn’t very keen on the large pool.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire Garden – Designer Alistair W Baldwin

The Khora dome made it’s debut at Chelsea and picked up the prestigious president’s award. It looked stunning with the sun rising behind it and the planting was lovely.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Khora Ltd Trade Stand -  Wins the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and A Five Star Award for the Best Trade Stand

Khora Ltd Trade Stand – won the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and a Five Star Award

The Iris germanica ‘Deep Black  and ‘Quechee’ stopped me in my tracks on the Cloudy Bay garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

The alliums amongst the grasses were a very photogenic landscape.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

No Man’s Land garden had a great dialogue behind it and again was a great garden landscape to photograph.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - Garden - No Man's Land - ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One - Designer Charlotte Rowe

Garden – No Man’s Land – ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One – Designer Charlotte Rowe

The light on the stone catching the moss juxtaposed with the delicate Astrantia had ruggedness and delicacy in the Rich brothers garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Welsh boulder covered in moss with Astrantia in the garden designed by David &ampHarry Rich

Finally on this particular morning I was at Cleve West’s garden as the sun rose with Derek St Romaine and Clive Boursnell, I turned to them both and said “This is why we get up at 4am”, to which they both agreed.

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

I look forward to next years show and posting a blog on what caught my eye as a professional garden photographer.


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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2013 – show gardens

After last years drive up to Knutsford for the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in torrential rain, the omens were looking much better this year – red sky at night – photographers delight. As always for us photographers it was another early pre-dawn start, which is always made much easier with clearer weather as we are always on the search for that perfect dawn light.

The lay out at Tatton this year has changed so myself and other professional garden photographer colleagues on press day played search the show gardens. The show gardens were split into four categories, Galaxy Gardens, Large Gardens, Small gardens and an area for the RHS National Young Designer of the Year finalists gardens (of which I have devoted a seperate blog). After a quick run round looking for where the show gardens were located, there were a few gardens that really caught my eye

The “Gravitational Pull” Galaxy Garden designed by previous Gold medal winners Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis was the first eye catcher on my way in.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden was inspired by the gravitational forces around a black hole, particularly the gravitational pull which enables it to absorb mass from its surroundings. The conical shaped centrepiece was constructed from steel and reused scaffolding boards. Inside the cone a triangular shoot of water obscured the end of the vortex, giving a great visual effect.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden had a very strong presence and was a well deserved Gold and Best Galaxy Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

I liked its cutting edge design that appears to be Brendan & Leon`s trademark at Tatton. It is also a garden that would fit in well in the Fresh Gardens section, which showcases the best in contemporary design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A Stainless Century designed by Phil Hirst celebrated 100 years of the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley in Sheffield. There was a 3m tall central stainless steel pergola, a rill depicted the pouring of molten steel from a crucible and what at first looked like bark chippings turned out to be rusted steel highlighting the importance of stainless steel as a non-corrosive material.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

Elements in the garden were inspired by Phil`s surroundings in Sheffield, such as his decorative wall panels which are an interpretation of the car park in Sheffield known as the cheese grater.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

There were lots of well thought out details including this fence with cut outs of objects that are made of stainless steel.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by  Phil Hirst Sponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

This was Phil`s first show garden and he turned steel into Gold and won Best Large Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst

The Mypod Garden designed by seven Landscape Architecture students from Leeds Metropolitan University was about escapism from stresses, pressures and about recuperation with a central Pod encased in a sedum living dome.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The walk down into the earth had some neat details such as the circles cut out from steel on the path and the Yorkshire dry stone wall and moorland planting.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by  Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The path led down to the partly underground secluded retreat. The garden was awarded Most Creative Large Garden and Silver Gilt.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

Inside The Pod

The dawn light hitting the The Water Garden had the photographers interest.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Water Garden Designed by  Harry Levy Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

The Water Garden Designed by Harry Levy
Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

Usually I am waiting for warm light to hit a garden, however for the Reflections of Japan Garden I was waiting for the garden to be in shadow as I had envisioned a set of black and white photographs to give a more minimalist Zen feel to the garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

I first spotted giant pebbles in the Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Robert Myers at Chelsea this year, their presence gave a Zen like calming influence with their polished surface. The Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research designed by Mary Hoult also made use of them.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by  Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

The Alzheimer’s Society “Remember to Reflect” Garden Designed by Louise Harrison had large stepping stones over a reflective pool that led to a contemporary stone seating area.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Alzheimer's Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison Holland Blue Tulip Garden Design Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Alzheimer’s Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison-Holland
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Having my own organic allotment I was naturally drawn to the The Home Guard-ener designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton of Finchale college. It was designed to show how families relied on their edible garden during the Second World War.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Home Guard-ener Designed by  Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The Home Guard-ener Designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The layout of the show gardens took some getting used to this year as they seemed a bit too scattered around and many had distracting backgrounds for photography, but they were not short on innovation and were packed full of great inspirational ideas.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Inside “Gravitational Pull”

Thanks to all the designers, builders and sponsors, I look forward to returning to Tatton in 2014 and photographing the show gardens.


 

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A garden photographers reflection on the show gardens at RHS Tatton Park show 2012

The one thing I remember about going up to Tatton Park last year was the drive there in rain the likes of I haven`t seen before, except in the monsoon in Asia. I nearly turned back twice as the road conditions were so bad, though I am pleased I didn`t. The wet summer of 2012, Diamond Jubilee year is now legendary..

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze

Today sweltering in 30C heat in my studio, conditions are looking much better for the exhibitors and designers (though undoubtedly of course this year it will be too hot!)

The Mornflake garden won Gold and Best Show Garden. I had to wait some time to get some good photographs of this garden as the wind was quite fierce and light not so good until one evening when the sun filtered through, which quite often happens at Tatton.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The stonework for this garden was really well executed and the stone circle above had me transfixed at the craftsmanship.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake Garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

As a garden, travel and landscape photographer I walk around the gardens before photographing them to see which ones catch my eye (invariably they turn out to be show winners). Last years show there were a few that I wanted to train my lens on and I hoped for good light.

Owen Morgans show garden To the Beat won Gold and Best in Show in the orchestra gardens category.

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Again in that early evening Tatton light the garden really came to life and was one of my favourites along with The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis. I remember taking some time over this garden and Brendan coming over for a chat, I told him I was taking some time, which was a good sign, it was later awarded gold.

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

One of the reasons I like photographing at Tatton is there are usually some very innovative gardens.

Borinda paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & BEST VISIONARY GARDEN

Borinda Paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & Best Visionary Garden
Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

In my own garden and organic allotment I like to incorporate reused materials. I was tipped off on twitter to check out Tristen Knight`s garden Brownfield Beauty which was inspired by a passion for 19th and early 20th century industrial architecture on brownfield sites. His rill incorporated reused materials and gained him the title of RHS National Young Designer of the Year.

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I also liked the use of this old red letter box in the Sister Suffragette garden designed by Janet Leigh.

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I am pleased that gardens are getting more and more insect friendly and each year more innovative, though I did have mixed views about this tower block insect hotel.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Though the garden was very eye catching.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

This garden I sat in one evening after a long 2 days of photography and felt really relaxed and contemplative in it.

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I look forward to seeing the new look RHS Tatton show for 2013 as it has been re- designed into four colour coded zones to make it easier for visitors to find areas they are interested in, lets hope it doesn`t miss out the innovative gardens.

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

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The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A recent survey showed that gardeners and florists topped the list of happiest workers.

Having travelled the world as a travel and landscape photographer, a few years back I was commissioned to illustrate the medicinal plants that featured in the Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby.

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

I already had a keen interest in horticulture as I have an organic allotment and love tending to my garden whilst also letting swathes of it run free. This particular book commission changed my direction, I fell in love with photographing plants and gardens.

Travel and landscape photography can be quite a solitary profession, this all changed when I was asked to photograph at the RHS Malvern Show. I met the most amazing friendly passionate people involved in so many different areas of horticulture. I was hooked and from that point I now divide time between garden and travel photography.

My personal reasons why I love garden and plant photography is because the photos can be taken in all seasons, whatever the weather, and I get to meet amazing people who are involved in all aspects of horticulture.

Enough said cut to the photos:

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Echinacea "Green Envy" dusk

“Grasses with Grace”, Awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, Designed by Sue Beesly, Bluebell Cottage Gardens & Nursery

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The M & G Garden,  Designer Andy Sturgeon;    Sponsor; M& G Investments   Awarded Gold

The M & G Garden, Designer Andy Sturgeon; Sponsor; M& G Investments Awarded Gold

     Show Gardens; The Brewin Dolphin Garden   Designer Cleve West;    Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin   Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer Cleve West; Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Photography     Show Gardens; The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ;    Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ; Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Stephen Studd Photography     Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden;   Designers Chris Gutteridge,  Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens);        Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden; Designers Chris Gutteridge, Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens); Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

For the florists;

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Monday blues:

Grow your own

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Gardens can regenerate abandoned spaces

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

“Urban Oasis” by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Recycle and reuse materials

Garden made with recycled and reused materials "Regeneration" Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Garden made with recycled and reused materials “Regeneration” Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Gardening involves community;

allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud

Allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud which runs Britain’s only pub-run Country Fair

Crown and Sceptre stroud country fair marquee with exhibits

Crown and Sceptre Stroud country fair marquee with exhibits, evening a good old knees up takes place.

"The Schedule", awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, designed by Gary Hillery, Ken Walton, Finchale Training College

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

Garlic Article PM69 Spreads-1

Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Begonia Rex L`Escargot IGPOTY Macro Art Begonia Fractal by Stephen Studd

Begonia Fractal, commended Macro Art category IGPOTY competition 2012

Awarded Silver Flora "The Rain Garden"; Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2011 garden designed by Rhea Lyn Parkes

Iris

Homage to Edward Weston

3rd place IGPOTY; Homage to Edward Weston

Garlic chive seedhead in snow, winter

DIONAEA MUSCIPULA, Venus fly trap

Punk; IGPOTY commended monochrome

Sarracenia flava (heavy veined), pitcher plant

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May planted in greenhouse

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May

Dahlia

A big thanks to all those who have welcomed me into the wonderful world of plants and to those who I am yet to meet and to all those that have become friends along this path. Wishing everyone an amazing 2013 and years ahead of happiness in the horticultural field.

Special thanks to Rachel Corby for The Medicine Garden book commission.

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Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Malvern Autumn Show 2012 rustic display of pumpkin and squash on old wooden crates

It is always good to be back at Malvern and after the extreemly wet summer to have blazing sunshine lighting up the show with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills behind.

Heading off before sunrise I arrived at Malvern to the perfect dawn, a photographers dream. In the Good Life Pavillion I headed to the Edible Gardens. “Dig for Victory” was a garden designed by Mark Walker. The garden was set in the  40`s and 50`s complete with sandbags and an Anderson shelter.

war garden Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Mark always pays great attention to the styling of his gardens. Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Even down to weeds growing on the paths of the garden, giving it a lovely vintage always been there feel.lettuce and border

The only garden awarded a gold was “A la Mode Dining” by Surrey Gardens, with raised beds of culinary herbs and vegetables, complete with copper cooking utensils on the walls.

Designer Caspian Robertson of Surrey Gardens A la Mode Dining awarded Gold Medal in the edible gardens Malvern Autumnshow 2012

Designer Caspian Robertson of Surrey Gardens A la Mode Dining awarded Gold Medal in the edible gardens Malvern Autumnshow 2012

I was pleased to see the Cottage Herbery next to the cookery demonstration area. Now I collect old trugs but didn`t have room for this giant one full of culinary and medicinal herbs.

The Cottage Herbery display awarded Silver Gilt Giant trug planted with herbs Malvern Autumn Show 2012

The Cottage Herbery display awarded Silver Gilt Giant trug planted with herbs Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Also in the Pavillion were Pennard Plants whose seed packets of Heirloom and Heritage seeds always give me a smile. Pennard Plants Heritage and Heirloom seed packets of variety of beans on display at Malvern Autumn show 2012

There seems to be a `vintage` feel creeping into the gardening world, this basket of vegetables from the Pennard Plants display took me straight back to my mothers old shopping basket.Pennard Plants basket of fresh vegetables vintage shopping basket old fashioned Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Malvern also has a fantastic display of veg, Dahlias and other plants in the Harvest Pavillion.

Vegetable competition Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Vegetable competition Malvern Autumn Show 2012

After a very difficult year for gardeners there was an amazing display on show. I did have envy seeing tomatoes on display as mine succumbed to blight this year. The Dahlia display I am always drawn to as it is one place you get to see absolutely perfect blooms. After such difficult conditions for growing there were less for me to photograph this year, my macro lens is unforgiving close up. Dahlia seedlings

The Harvest Pavillion is a great resource for photographers of flowers for a few reasons; for close up details the flower heads remain relatively still, varieties are usually named and the light is usually great as the marquee acts as a giant soft box.

The Floral Exhibits had the usual high quality of exhibitors from Nurseries around the UK.

Gentiana Violette

Gentiana Violette, from Edrom Nursery, Scotland

Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla, Trewidden Nursery, South west Cornwall

Sarracenia flava all green form, pitcher plant

Sarracenia Flava; Hampshire Carniverous Plants

My plant of this show went to Dahlia Harriet G as  it had such a presence about it, with its own pure glow.Dahlia Harriet G flower close up

Malvern is the last show of the calendar that I photograph, so here`s wishing you a safe warm winter and lets all wish for much better growing conditions in 2013.