It will probably be no surprise to you to learn that the Chelsea Flower Show is Bridgman’s favourite garden event of the year! It’s a chance for seasoned and up and coming gardeners from all corners of the world to showcase their talents. The most noted exhibition in the gardening calendar, designers, landscapers and sponsors go to town with their ideas and creativity and mostly for us lesser mortals to wander round admiring a treasure trove of garden styles, creative vision and imagination. We spend our time oohing and aahing at the clever combinations of flowers, herbs, plants, trees, shrubs and colours not to mention grasping the opportunity of glimpsing emerging trends in garden styles and of course pairing our Bridgman garden furniture to each different look!
The 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show will kick off in style on the 19th May and lasts all week. It’s a horticulturist’s dream and every gardening enthusiast’s inspiration. Whether you garden for a hobby or it is your livelihood, even if you enjoy the pleasure of just being surrounded by beautiful spaces it’s a magnificent feast for all the senses. So what can you expect from this year’s event?
Head down to the Great Pavilion where you will find two different themes; the Best of British and Floral Continents meaning visitors will be enchanted with gardens shaped from across the globe. The Great Pavilion measures 12000 metres (the same size as two football pitches) so take comfortable walking shoes! Of course it can be a difficult show to get round because there are 550 exhibitors and it does get exceptionally busy with 161,000 visitors expected to walk through the delights of the show. This year there are a number of new Show Gardens to visit. Here’s a little information on which you shouldn’t miss out on.
The M&G Garden “The Retreat”
Sponsored by M&G Investments (a gold medallist last year) and designed by award winning Jo Thompson this is a woodland style garden boasting a double storey oak framed building and featuring two areas to relax and unwind. You will find a curved wooden bench in a sunken area and a second bench built from stone at the edge of a natural water pool. Jo has used a combination of trees to create the look, Acer Japonicum Vifolium, Robinia and Betula Nigra as well as a variety of British flowers including peonies and roses using pinks, creams, lavenders and blues to create a softly colourful display. Additionally there are two stone sculptures by Tom Stogdon which finish the garden creating a tranquil setting.
The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden
This “triangle” garden is viewable from all sides. Sponsored by Laurent-Perrier and designed by Dan Pearson it will be the first year that Chatsworth and Laurent-Perrier join forces to create their combined masterpiece and it is Chatsworth’s first time exhibiting at the show. The garden is based on the Chatsworth Garden in Derbyshire which is 105 acres; the show version is a smaller interpretation and showcases a natural look and feel together with a rockery and subtle influences of nature. Last year, the Laurent-Perrier Garden won Best in Show (the garden was designed by Luciano Giubbilei) so you can be assured this year’s garden is set to be another spectacular entry.
L’Occitane Perfumers Garden in Grasse
For those of you who adore the tantalising mingling scents of flowers and herbs you mustn’t miss the L’Occitane Garden which is sponsored by its namesake and designed by James Basson. The garden reflects the perfumery’s origins in Grasse, France and is designed to tickle visitors’ noses with the sweet, aromatic smells wafting from the flowers, herbs and plants together creating the sensational display.
As well as the Show Gardens, this year’s event includes many other different types of gardens including Artisan Gardens, Fresh Gardens and Oriental Gardens to name a few. Don’t miss Prince Harry’s charity Sentable Garden, which will be exhibiting for the second time this year. This garden is designed by Matt Keightley who designed last year’s Hope on the Horizon Garden for charity Help for Heroes and who we interviewed last March (read the interview here). You should also include a visit to the Al Barari Firm Management’s Beauty of Islam Garden which is designed to be a peaceful harmonious retreat influenced by Islamic art and using papyrus, jasmine and rosemary to create a melodious display.
Trends and Tips
The growers and gardeners have been busy discussing the trends that are coming through for this year’s Chelsea Flower show so we recommend you should look out for Camassia at the Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, Papaver Aculeatum at Prince Harry’s Sentable Garden and nodding its head happily you’ll hopefully find the Totally Tangerine Geum flower (at Rosy Hardy’s Cottage Garden, see below) appearing yet again such is its popularity.
Finally, don’t miss 19 times RHS Gold medal winner Rosy Hardy’s Hardy Cottage Garden which is on display in the Grand Pavilion. Featuring a smaller stand, 11 x 8m, it will have a pathway winding through the garden so all visitors will be able to view it from every angle. There will be thousands of sumptuous flower and plant varieties and a lower area with a delightful pond and bank. You will find four stunning new flowers included, Rehmannia “Magic Dragon”, Antirrhinum “Pretty in Pink”, Pyracantha “Golden Paradise” and Verbascum “Firedance” so plenty of exciting inspiration for your own gardening project!
We hope to bump into you at this year’s event. Don’t forget to visit us, our stand number is WA9 on Western Avenue. Visit the official RHS website or telephone 0844 338 7502 for more information.
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Featured image: Telegraph
Image 1: RHS