Chelsea Flower Show 2012

May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After weeks of dreadful weather the sunshine has finally made an appearance right in time for this week’s Chelsea Flower Show which opens to the public today.

Yesterday celebrities, show judges and Her Majesty the Queen were invited to Chelsea Flower Show’s Press Day where the show gardens were judged and guests were able to take an exclusive tour around the show.

The Queen at Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Queen at Chelsea Flower Show 2012

I was lucky enough to visit the Chelsea Flower Show many years ago and have followed the annual event for years because I admire the creativity of the gardens that are often designed with specific occasions in mind. Many of this year’s gardeners have taken into account this summer’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games but they were also required to work around the recent drought and hose pipe ban.

One gardener who concentrated primarily on environmental elements was Diarmuid Gavin who has created the highest ever garden featured at the show. The striking garden scales 80ft and is designed in a pyramid frame with seven stories. Adding a touch of Royal Britannia for Press Day, Diarmuid invented 75 Chelsea Pensioners to line the pyramid garden, where they could admire the magnificent views from the high rise garden.

Diarmuid Gavin Chelsea pensioners

Diarmuid Gavin garden with Chelsea Pensioners

Although I like Diarmuid’s boldness I have to say that his garden isn’t particularly visually pleasing for me. Instead I like the garden which have a more relaxed and rustic feel. The L’Occitaine Garden and Chris Beardshaw’s ‘Furzey Gardens’ are favourites of mine because they are both understated but beautiful. In contrast I also like the Thai exhibit which is vibrant, energetic and full of life.

The Royal Horticultural Society, who hosts Chelsea Flower Show, has also focused on practical gardens in 2012’s show. They’ve included a rehabilitation garden that has been used to help wounded and ex-service men and women get back into the garden. The rehabilitation garden is fantastic to see as I believe that getting outdoors is a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy life once again.

Amanda Holden in L'Occitaine Garden

Amanda Holden in L’Occitaine Garden

The RHS have also called on celebrities fans of the Chelsea Flower Show such as Dame Judi Dench, Joan Collins and Fearne Cotton to decorated plant pots which will be auctioned for charity. All proceeds will be ploughed back into The RHS who work with children to help them benefit from the pleasures of gardening.

There is a lot going on at this week’s show so I’d recommend reading The Telegraph’s live coverage or visiting the Chelsea Flower Show website for updates on awards, featured gardens etc. I’d love to hear from you if you’re visiting the show so please feel free to leave a comment below.

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