We’ve been overwhelmed with the sights (and sounds) of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage on TV (catch up on iPlayer) and over on Twitter (search the tag #RHSChelsea)… and have put together a selection of gardens and tweets from the show. Here’s our first pick of the pots…
It’s not Chelsea without some poppies!
After all this time it still surprises us that some members of the public don’t realise Chelsea Flower show sits in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is home to the utterly recognisable Chelsea Pensioners.
This year ‘A field of poppies’ came to Chelsea, covering over 2,000 square meters and made up of 300,000 unique hand croqueted poppies. One you don’t want to miss, and frankly can’t with the stunning sea of red…
— The RHS (@The_RHS) May 20, 2016
— The English Garden (@TEGmagazine) May 23, 2016
Our pick of the metalworking…
From planters, to troughs; to sculptures to rusty sheds; the flower show has touches of metalwork through all the natural beauty of mother nature. One of our favourites is the swooping etched copper panel flowing through The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden designed by Nick Bailey, built by Gardenlink and sponsored by Winton. The copper band starts as an overflowing planter, then flows into a banister for the stairs and transforms into a bench. The planting itself is quite extraordinary as the plants display a range of mathematical patterns.
The etching on the copper band depicts ‘plant growth algorithms’ as well. The planting is to encourage bees, the water feature for dragon flies and trees to provide a nesting haven for birds giving the garden longevity. This garden is a magnificent mathematical illustration of mother nature.
— The RHS (@The_RHS) May 23, 2016
Rich colour brought to life by AkzoNobel
We’re delighted one of our suppliers, AkzoNobel, won a Silver Gilt award in the Fresh Garden category, with their Honeysuckle Blue Garden. AkzoNobel is our supplier of choice for our powder coating products that we apply to any coloured planters if you’re not after a natural metal finish, such as our red reception planter.
The garden, designed by Claudy Jongstra and Stefan Jaspers, highlights a project to educate the world on how plants can produce sustainable dyes for fabric colouring, and how colour from organic grown plants produce a ‘more rich and intense colour’. This colourful garden was brought to life by Cube 1994.
— Landscape Show (@LandscapeEvent) May 24, 2016