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Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This years flower show at Chelsea seemed to be about childhood memories and water. Water, water everywhere, in the guise of small ponds to flowing waterfalls. As usual Press Day comprised many VIPs and celebs wandering about, with varying degrees of interest in flora and fauna. Most popular with queues throughout the week was the garden in part designed by HRH Duchess of Cambridge, reflecting her childhood memories; a pond, tree house and swing. A huge waterfall featured in our clients, Trailfinders’ garden, reflecting the undiscovered forests of Latin America. Another featured in the lock of the Yorkshire Garden. David Austin Roses received their 25th gold medal – completely unsurpassed in the show’s history. A great show, but perhaps next year we could see more gardens, large and small, which reflect the reality of normal people’s gardens!

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David Austin Roses wins 24th Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

David Austin Roses, the by word for excellence in English Roses, won their 24th Gold at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. As always this was also their chance to showcase their new rose for the show, this year being ‘Tottering-by-gently’ inspired by Annie Tempest’s cartoon which appears in County Life every week. In addition to the 10 show gardens and 16 smaller ones, there were a host of celebrities to add to the colour of the floral displays. Themes for the gardens ranged from local company, Trailfinders’ inspiration of the Western Cape of South Africa, to the Yorkshire Dales, to recyclable plastic. Truly inspirational garden displays.

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Prince Harry and Prince William lay flowers in memory of HRH Princess Diana on the 20th Anniversary of her death

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the death of their mother, Prince Harry and Prince William walked from their home at Kensington Palace through a gate to the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace.  Accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, they walked around the garden inspired by Princess Diana.  The two princes then walked to the gates of Kensington Palace, where 20 years ago it was a sea of flowers.  Many well wishers were present with small bouquets of flowers.  Some were handed to the princes who returned to the gate to lay them. The scene was touchingly poignant of a similar scene so many years ago when the world watched with their hearts in their mouths as two young boys faced the world without their mother.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will appeal to all types of gardeners.  From the flamboyant to the traditional, from the informal to the formal, this Show has it all.  Phillip Johnson’s 300,000 individually crochet poppies covering 21,000 sq.ft is a visual masterpiece and surely one which can never be forgotten; each poppy representing a memory of a loved one.  Elsewhere was a Heath-Robinson like garden, with moving plant pots, twirling trees and a moving flower bed.  For the more royal amongst us, the Queen was represented by a 10ft cut out of her head, filled with 10,000 flowers – a striking image used by many journalists.  The show felt more inclusive this year, taking itself less seriously, but no less impressive for that.  Keen gardeners of all ages mixed with celebrities and stars, their common love of plants uniting them in appreciating all that Chelsea has to offer.

One of the biggest surprises was the Garden Garage in the Artisan Section – a beautifully designed and tranquil area in which to house a car. Magazines and broadsheets focused on the first black designer for Chelsea, ever (which rather puts to shame the notion that gardening is for all); however, the bonus of the attention is that the RHS and wider gardening world, are rectifying this and, we hope, gardening in the future, will really be for all. As we hope Chelsea will be too.

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