I timed my fall well, what with first the royal wedding and now The Chelsea Flower Show. It’s been a week of televisual delights! The house and garden have gone to rack and ruin but to hell with it.
The Chelsea Flower Show for those that may not know, is the best flower show in the world. I know this because they say it every single episode and it’s on twice a day (all aired episodes so far can be watched on BBC iPlayer).
The Show Gardens are out of this world! My favourites are:
The LG Eco City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang. With a colour palette of white, yellow and orange this garden featured a lot of high tech. For me it was beautiful by day but magical by night.
The Lemon Tree Trust Garden designed by Tom Massey.
This beautiful calming garden has a strong Islamic influence, most notable in the star shaped fountain in the centre. I adore that lemon tree!
O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – The Hospitality Garden designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara.
This serene garden by the multi-award winning designer is the epitome of great Japanese garden design. I love everything about it.
The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate designed by Jonathan Snow.
This entry takes its inspiration from the vineyards of Stellenbosch. I love the layered effect of this garden with the beautiful organised planting at the front of the house and then the traditional South African wild flowers on the other side of the gate. The only thing missing are the snakes! Having been to Stellenbosch I really feel they nailed this design. Love it!
Welcome To Yorkshire designed by Mark Gregory.
I can pretty much guarantee that this would be my mother’s favourite garden at the show. A painstakingly recreation of the Yorkshire countryside complete with babbling brook, sheep wool on bushes and cow pats in the long grass. Those lupins, that wisteria! Quintessentially English!
For everything about this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and much more in-depth info on all of the show gardens and their designers click here.
I’ll be busy begging my husband to put in a water feature and a Japanese Tea house.