For the first time I attended the Chelsea Flower Show. It is crazy to think I haven’t since I have previously attended both Hampton Court and Malvern shows.
These types are shows are where top landscapers and designers display and compete with their best work. If you are a garden enthusiast then there is plenty for you to do. Many designers and professionals attend these so you can get a lot of hits, tips and tricks from the best. In addition to this there are plenty nurseries and garden expert, and career stalls for you to have a chance to pick up essentials. Personally natural skincare brands, essential oils brands and generally home made wellbeing goods always excite me at these.
Word of warning is that there never is a quiet time to attend especially Chelsea. When purchasing a ticket I used the price as an indication as to when the quietest times would be and I think it worked.
The gardens are always designed by some of the top designers you can ever meet. These take often months of preparation and submission prior to what we see. The thing that always makes me sad is on the last day at 4.30pm they literally dig up the garden plants for the sell off. This is where they will sell a lot of the displayed beauties to the public so you can have your own piece of award winning garden. It’s worth checking out socials and TV coverage prior since you can rank which gardens you want to see first. The thing that was interesting and unique to Chelsea was that due to there were entry time slots. This meant visitors would need to leave prior to allowing the next set in. Since I arrived and queued early I was able to race to the gardens before the crowds really built up.
Omotenashi no niwa – The Hospitality Garden
As a bonsai owner I know that Herons Bonsai is the best place for expert advice and assistance. They produce top quality bonsai’s to many as well as lessons on how to care for your bonsai. This garden was absolute perfection and utilised traditional Japanese planting methods in order to create this. The garden house was a key feature of this garden, which actually had a copper roof. There was also a central pond and the natural sound of water falling onto rocks creating a sense of peace and tranquillity.
The CHERUB HIV Garden – A life without Walls
This was highly popular garden had a really strong meaning. The walls across the garden were to represent stigma and fears of young people living with HIV. The bench read “acceptance not stigma”.
The Supershoes, Laced With Hope Garden – Partnered with Frosts
This symbolic garden probably moved me the most. This was created by Laura Anstiss to portray how young children can be when they are diagnosed with cancer. The wall painted by many trainers for young people because it children draw in colour to lift their spirits. The sculptured represent the children and their families and the garden, their journey.
Flower shows do make me really happy as who doesn’t enjoy the looking at the height of outdoor living. Although these are definitely more for the green finger enthusiast and professional I think it is something that anyone can thoroughly enjoy, as I do. Every year there’s a selection of shows you can attend across the UK.
Have you ever been to a flower show?