Chelsea Flower Show 2016
As the most well known garden show in the country we had to take the time out of our busy schedule to visit the Chelsea Flower Show a few weeks ago.
This years event promised to be extra special with the celebration of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday and a 60-foot carriage from Belmond British Pullman forming part of the 6,000 sq ft planted-up station in the Grand Pavilion.
However the entrance stole the show as it featured the incredible poppies tribute by Philip Johnson which was created by 300,000 crocheted poppies and lead visitors towards the show beautifully. It took your breath away on the centenary of the first world war and really stood as a mark of respect to those who fought for our country.
The event focused on the theme of health, happiness and horticulture and championed the benefits of transforming grey spaces into greenery as part of the Greening Grey Britain campaign. This included a garden by leading designer and BBC presenter Ann-Marie Powell, who also offered visitors practical ideas on how to take the show home with them and make their gardens a haven. Powell’s garden was moved and rebuilt in Angell Town Brixton after the show.
Morgan Stanley also worked together with Chris Beardshaw for the annual Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital to produce a beautiful garden that has been relocated to the hospital itself for the parents of patients to use for relaxation, reflection and as a therapeutic space.
As part of the Greening Grey Britain campaign there was an exceptionally interesting panel that discussed how front gardens can become greener at the Front Garden Summit. This debate included people like Alan Titchmarsh, Nigel Dunned and Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
There were plenty of winners all round from gardens to gardening products including tools, seating, fire pits and more but the overall winner of the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2016 really showed just how much gardening has changed thanks to technology; Hozelock’s mobile app, which allows people to remotely water their gardens.
We loved all the aspects of water and water features that were dotted around the gardens and the great variety of fruit and veg that was on show again this year; the one thing that really makes this event stand out.
A real talking point though was definitely the Antithesis of Sarcophagi, a 44-ton granite cube garden designed by Martin Cook and Gary Breeze. Nothing could prepare you for the moment you feared through the hole in the magnificent cube to see a woodland of trees and foxgloves inside!