And so to RHS Chelsea and despite of the cold, wrap up warm if you’re going, and early visit to The Red Cross tent to get my still recovering sprained ankle dressed, it was utterly glorious. I’ll keep the talk brief because I took about three hundred photos of the show gardens and the floral marquee and would like to share as many as possible.
One final tale. I thought I recognised the gentleman handing out the planting plans at the Chatsworth Garden and on spur of the moment said to him ‘Are you Deborah’s son?’ he looked a little confused and stammered around his reply he seemed to suddenly realise what I meant and replied ‘Of course I am’ we laughed a little bit and then talked about his wonderful mother Debo Mitford. Perhaps not the conventional way to approach a Duke but there you go.
The gardens featured here are in order of the photographs:
The M&G Garden ‘The Retreat’ designed by Jo Thompson
Setabale ‘Hope In Vulnerability’ designed by Matthew Keightley
Cloudy Bay ‘The Cloudy Bay Garden’ designed by David and Harry Rich
Homebase ‘Urban Retreat’ designed by Adam Frost
Albari ‘The Beauty of Islam’ designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal
Husqvarna and Gardena ‘The Time In Between’ designed by Charlie Albone
‘The Hidden Beauty of Kranji’ designed by John Tan and Richard Toh
The RHS ‘Great Chelsea Garden Challenge Garden’ designed by Sean Murray
Laurent Perrier ‘Chatsworth Garden’ designed by Dan Pearson
Brewin Dolphin ‘The Brewin Dolphin Garden’ designed by Darren Hawkes
The best on line information is available in the links and I do have all of the plant plans so if there are any questions please ask.
Alternatively you can browse the gardens and the awards they received on the RHS website here.