Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This year I treated myself to a ticket for Chelsea Flower Show, I’ve always wanted to go but have never quite got there. It was certainly an experience I will never forget and although it was very busy and tiring I came home feeling very inspired by my day! Though it was incredibly hard to choose, I thought I would share with you five of my favourite moments:

One

When we arrived at Chelsea we decided to go and see the show gardens first, I loved the first garden we came across - the M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, that won best Show Garden. I really loved the blackened timber throughout the garden and the way it really showed off the planting. It was easy to see why it won.

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Two

I absolutely adored the colour scheme of the planting in the Wedgwood Garden, designed by Jo Thompson. Using pale yellows, peaches and pinks it was quite different to most of the other purple heavy planting at the show. The peonies were in full spectacular bloom and really set off the borders. I also loved the use of water in the garden.

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Three

The Japanese garden called ‘Green Switch’, designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara (who was there watching his garden from across the path in a very dapper suit!) was absolutely incredible. The beautiful acers added wonderful colour, the sound of the water was so relaxing, but my favourite element was definitely the moss and apparently each ball of it was individually combed before being placed carefully into the garden!

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Four

There was a new concept for Chelsea this year where there were four floral in a category called ‘Floral Immersion: The Beauty of Nature’. All of these exhibits were astounding but my two favourites were ‘Living Herbarium’ by Gail Smith featuring a whopping 500 stems in a huge upright display and ‘The Circle of Life’ by Jens Jakobsen which is a reminder of the importance of letting ourselves enjoy nature and it’s fragility.

Living Herbarium by Gail Smith

Living Herbarium by Gail Smith

The Circle of Life by Jens Jakobsen

The Circle of Life by Jens Jakobsen

Five

My final choice is the beautiful allium display in the Grand Pavilion. There were so many beautiful flowers in the tent that it was hard to choose a favourite (especially when there were so many beautiful peonies and roses) but I think the elegance and spectacle of the alliums won me over.

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All in all a brilliant day out and I think I’ve got the Chelsea bug! Until next time Chelsea….

Clare Wilder