RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • Photo of Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

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  • Photo of Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • Photo of Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

    Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

    Andy Sturgeon has scooped the title of Best in Show for The M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Celebrating nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden is a vibrantly green and lush environment, featuring a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world. Its dramatic composition offers a variety of textures and designs, with burnt oak timber sculptures slicing through the natural woodland.   A decorated designer, Andy Sturgeon was awarded Best in Show when he last exhibited at the world famous Flower Show with The Daily Telegraph Garden in…

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  • Photo of 25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    World-leading rose breeder, David Austin Roses has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This is the 25th in its history of exhibiting.   The Secret Garden themed display features a beautifully fluid, circular design, at the heart of which two  striking new characters from David Austin’s English Rose collection are to be seen in bloom for the first time. Rosa Eustacia Vye (Ausegdon) and Rosa Gabriel Oak(Auscrowd) are both named after beloved characters from Thomas Hardy’s works. They create a stunning centrepiece of scent and colour in a setting befitting a moment of quiet reflection.…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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  • Photo of Day one at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    Day one at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its gates today to the press and we were lucky enough to get to look around. The show is as wonderful as ever with so many fantastic gardens to see. We can’t wait to see what medals they all get awarded tomorrow. This week we will be doing a series of pictorial articles on Chelsea so keep an eye out!

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  • Photo of RHS Back to Nature Garden to be donated after Chelsea

    RHS Back to Nature Garden to be donated after Chelsea

    Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre has won a national competition to win the RHS Back to Nature Garden from the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The competition is part of the NHS and RHS partnership to raise awareness of gardening for good mental health.   The news comes as a Mori Poll shows that nearly 80% of people who garden say gardening has a positive impact on their mental health. This year some 23 Trusts entered the competition to try and win the RHS Garden.   The RHS will relocate plants and landscaping from the 2019 RHS Back to…

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  • Photo of Jo Thompson celebrates 10 years at Chelsea

    Jo Thompson celebrates 10 years at Chelsea

    Over the last decade Jo Thompson has established her reputation as one of the UK’s leading landscape and garden designers. During which time she has triumphed at Chelsea: winning four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals, as well as in ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   May 2019 sees her once again at the horticultural helm at Chelsea – this time designing the Wedgwood Garden.   As well as the Wedgwood Garden in the main show ground, Jo’s work can also be seen across the road at Chelsea Barracks. This is in the form of…

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  • Photo of The Savills and David Harber Garden to feature largest green wall ever seen at Chelsea

    The Savills and David Harber Garden to feature largest green wall ever seen at Chelsea

    The Savills and David Harber Garden will feature one of the largest green walls ever seen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   Measuring 32m x 3m = 96m, the wall will house over 3,000 individual plants. This will include ferns, grasses, ivies and herbaceous flowering plants. All of which have been carefully selected both for their aesthetic and importance to British woodland eco-systems.   With floor space at a premium, especially in London, and as space to curate a garden is becoming increasing hard to find, particularly in urban areas, the way that plants are integrated has begun to change…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part three

    RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part three

    There are just a few weeks to go now until RHS Chelsea opens its gates. As we prepare to go onsite, everything is progressing well. There’s still a lot to do, but because we’ve already built as much as we can off site, we can now focus on the finer details. With the pavilion’s steel frame erected we’ve been able to take measurements for the copper fascia and the timber cladding to go on the underside of the roof, so we can now position the joints exactly where Helen wants them. We’re aiming to complete most of the pavilion in…

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  • Photo of Manchester prepares to debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    Manchester prepares to debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    Marketing Manchester, part of the Growth Company, is gearing up to change perceptions of the city when it debuts The Manchester Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is designed by Exterior Architecture and exhibiting in the Space to Grow category. The Manchester Garden will offer a fresh perspective on post-industrial cities, highlighting the reinvention of Greater Manchester, its resilience and its adaptability.   The garden will aim to challenge long held pre-conceptions about the region. As well as raising important questions about how cities manage urban green infrastructure in the face of climate change, rising temperatures and…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Guide to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    Pro Landscaper’s Guide to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    The big talking point surrounding this year’s show has been the RHS Back to Nature garden, a collaboration between Davies White and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. On pages 6-7 you can read our exclusive interview with Davies White about this garden. Two gardens in particular have also been hitting the headlines this year for their sponsors; we talk to Joe Perkins on page 9 about working with Facebook and Jilayne Rickards on page 12 on working with The Campaign For Female Education (CAMFED). Earlier in the year some of you kindly answered our RHS Chelsea Flower Show poll and…

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  • Photo of Birmingham City Council unveils 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

    Birmingham City Council unveils 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden

    Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2019 celebrates a year of clean and green community action.   The council is working in partnership with Baroness Floella Benjamin and sponsored by Veolia. The garden will feature in the show’s Discovery Zone. It has been designed to educate, question and explore our environment and the contribution made by volunteers to sustain and improve it. This will be achieved through four key themes: air quality, water conservation, reducing waste and community involvement.   Central to the display is a three meter head, comprised of more than 3000 tubes, which will…

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  • Photo of New plants to feature at the HTA exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    New plants to feature at the HTA exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will feature new plants on its Discovery Zone exhibit ‘Helping Children Grow’.   The exhibit promotes National Children’s Gardening Week which takes place between 25 May – 2 June 2019. It is supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers. Working with National Children’s Gardening Week Ambassador Chris Collins the exhibit features fun and inspiring projects such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel.   Alongside the plants required for the projects there will be three new plants submitted by HTA members. These will be put forward for the RHS Chelsea…

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  • Photo of David Austin to showcase novel new blooms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    David Austin to showcase novel new blooms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    David Austin Roses will be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcasing two new personalities from its English Rose collection. These are Eustacia Vye and Gabriel Oak. Named after two charcaters from Thomas Hardy novels, The Return of the Native (1878) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). Named after the heroine of The Return of the Native, Eustacia Vye is an exceedingly pretty rose of soft, glowing apricot-pink. Each bloom is packed with multiple delicately ruffled petals,held on red-tinged stems. The blooms begin as shallow cups opening to full rosettes, revealing petals of a richer hue which gradually pale over…

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  • Photo of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adorns Chelsea Flower Show vintage London shopfront

    MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adorns Chelsea Flower Show vintage London shopfront

    This year, MEDITE SMARTPLY have partnered with Wallgarden, bespoke maker of children’s playhouses, and Sarah Eberle, landscape designer, for the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show.   On Main Avenue, a miniature Hampshire-style cottage and miniature London Shop, which features MTX, will welcome visitors with a keen sense of creativity and child-like imagination- a key theme for the show this year.   The London Shop is based on the Pragnell fine jewellery showroom on Mayfair’s iconic Mount Street. The shop front is unrecognisable as MTX, which forms the complete shop front. Including the signage and door, to create a traditional Victorian aesthetic.…

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  • Photo of McQueens highlights importance of bee conservation at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    McQueens highlights importance of bee conservation at 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    McQueens Flowers has been commissioned by the RHS to create two original art installations at the Chelsea Flower Show, 21 – 25 May. Honey, I’m home will be an interactive installation, inviting visitors to help create a swarm of giant honey bees flying home to their hive. The second will be a dramatic 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum (Through the Eyes of Bees) complete with upside-down lavender field. Both will open visitors’ minds to how bees see the world and ultimately raise awareness of the recent decline in the bee population.   The installations…

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  • Photo of The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The RHS Bridgewater Garden comes to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The RHS Bridgewater Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. It heralds the creation of the RHS’s new garden in Salford due to open in summer 2020.   The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is one of the most significant and impactful events in the RHS’s 215 year history. The RHS is creating the stunning 154 acre garden by breathing new life into the grounds that were once the historic gardens of Worsley New Hall. One of the largest gardening projects in Europe, it is being master planned…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part two

    RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part two

    With just a month to go until we move onsite at the RHS Chelsea showground, the pressure is mounting. Early last month we began to pour the foundations for the pavilion that will sit at the centre of the Warner’s Distillery Garden, a beautiful structure created out of drystone walling, but with two large cantilevered roofs and a series of complex water features, there are various challenges in its construction. It might seem quite early to be laying foundations, but the build programme at RHS Chelsea is incredibly tight and with just 20 days to create the garden on site,…

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  • Photo of The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould  RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    Designer Kate Gould’s garden for Greenfingers Charity aims to create a stimulating environment for seriously sick children and their families. The plant colour palate is fresh, predominately green and white with flashes of yellow. The hard landscaping and even the plant content had to be thought through very carefully with access for wheelchairs a high priority. This meant nothing spiky on pathways that would scratch limbs or puncture tyres, furniture and sculpture elements have to be comfortable and accessible, stimulating and interactive wherever possible.   The lower pathway is made from expanded mesh which will have lots of lush green…

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  • Photo of Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

    Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

    Blue Forest is delighted to be exhibiting a luxury treehouse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The Treehouse will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke treehouse creations.   It will be created in collaboration with the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire.   Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the treehouse will move to the grounds of Chewton Glen, where it will provide a fabulous home for the hotels popular children’s club.   The spacious Treehouse is the ideal location for children to play, creating memories with…

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  • Photo of The Donkey Sanctuary at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The Donkey Sanctuary at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary has been awarded an Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden will act as a focal point to celebrate the charity’s 50th anniversary and to showcase its international work. The Donkey Sanctuary was able to apply for a garden thanks to the generosity of a long-term supporter.   The ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden will use water as its central theme. The garden will show how owning a donkey means access to clean, fresh water for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.   The…

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  • Photo of Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

    Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

    The Perennial Lifeline Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations from across the horticulture industry. It will be built with the help of apprentices from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The group of apprentices took part in creating a mock up of elements of the garden at Urban Landscape Design’s training centre in Cheshire.   The garden is being designed by Chelsea first timers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Landscaping contractor for the garden, Ross Conquest of Conquest Creative Spaces led the training day with the group of year two apprentices.…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

    RHS Chelsea 2019 Diaries – Dan Riddleston – part one

    After a year off from building a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re back again. This year, we’re working with garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to build her first Main Avenue garden for Warner Edwards Distillery. Helen approached us last year and outlined her design to us – a garden inspired by the natural springs and aquifers at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire, home to Warner Edwards Distillery, featuring a complex series of water features flowing in and out of drystone walls. The central pavilion, designed with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater in mind, will feature floating cantilevered roofs and…

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