RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The highlight of the horticultural calendar, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show!  Over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working solidly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into an oasis of gardening ideas and inspiration!

The London Gate entrance to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 was decorated by florist Kitten Grayson, with an installation entitled ‘Trees of Life’.

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, visitors can discover the latest innovations and designs of garden products, tools, and technology, together with the newest plant releases, which represent the current trends and advances in plant breeding.

Inside the Great Pavilion, visitors can explore stands and exhibits created by one hundred different nurseries, who have gathered in Chelsea from all over the UK.  Many of these nurseries specialise in growing a particular plant genus, while other growers are experts on plants that flourish in a particular environment.  Inside the Grand Pavilion visitors will find a wide array of plants, from roses to foxgloves, herbaceous perennials to bonsai, auriculas to cacti, and almost everything in between!

The London Gate entrance to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 was decorated by florist Kitten Grayson, with an installation entitled ‘Trees of Life’. Kitten created this installation in celebration of the Royal Wedding, so the plants that this florist has selected all have relevance to Prince Harry and Meghan.

There have been a number of changes for this year’s show, the Royal Horticultural Society have replaced their old Fresh Gardens with a new category of show gardens – the Space to Grow Gardens, these medium sized gardens present new ideas and trends in gardening, providing visitors with an array of ideas that can be utilised in their own gardens.

Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman from Craig House Cacti, pictured with their exhibit showing modern ways to display cacti and succulents in the home, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show takes a stride for equality, the show features gardens designed by an equal number of male and female garden designers.

The RHS judges presented the Claims Guys: A Very English Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, while the public chose this beautiful garden as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Best Artisan Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Tony Kirham and garden designer Rachel Prior wave hello, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 highlights the many ways in which plants and horticulture are of paramount importance to every aspect of our lives.  Plants feed and clothe us, they decorate our gardens and our homes, but plants can also help to mitigate and prevent environmental disasters.  This year’s Chelsea Flower Show celebrates the positivity of gardening, the show’s garden designers are reminding visitors of the beneficial effects that gardening provides us with as an exercise, but also showcasing to the world the undeniably favourable effect that gardening has on our mental health and well being.

Here’s an insight into just some of the stunning gardens, plants, exhibits, and of course the people, who have collaborated to produce the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, which is sponsored by M&G Investments………….

RHS Feel Good Garden

The RHS Feel Good Garden was designed by Matt Keightley and built by Rosebank Landscaping, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, earlier this year, the Royal Horticultural Society invited NHS hospitals and trusts to enter a competition to win a specially designed Chelsea Flower Show Garden – the RHS Feel Good Garden.  The winer has been announced, after the Chelsea Flower Show closes, the Royal Horticultural Society will donate their Feel Good Garden to the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, where the garden will benefit patients, carers and staff at the Highgate Mental Health Centre, which is located in a built up area of London, where green spaces are in short supply.  The RHS Feel Good Garden, was especially designed by Matt Keightley to provide this health centre with a restful and restorative garden, that will help to facilitate and support the patients’ recovery.

Iris ‘Black Tie Affair’, pictured on the RHS Feel Good Garden, which was designed by Matt Keightley, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

After the RHS Chelsea Flower Show closes, the Royal Horticultural Society will donate their RHS Feel Good Garden to the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, where the garden will benefit patients, carers, and staff at the Highgate Mental Health Centre.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, a special feature of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is the RHS Feel Good Garden, which was designed by Matt Keightley to showcase the health benefits of gardening and highlight the positive effect that gardening, and simply spending time in green spaces has on our mental and physical well being.  After the Chelsea Flower Show closes, the Royal Horticultural Society will donate this Feel Good Garden to the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, where the garden will benefit patients and staff.

The RHS Feel Good Garden’s design has been inspired by Matt Keightley’s design and upcoming development of a health and wellbeing themed garden. at the RHS’ flagship Garden, RHS Garden Wisley. This new garden will open in 2020.

The RHS Feel Good Garden features Gleditsia triacanthos, Cercis siliquastrum, along with herbaceous perennials in soft, relaxing blue tones. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS Feel Good Garden has been designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, as the RHS wished to highlight and raise awareness of the positive impact that gardening and spending time in green spaces has on both our mental health and our emotional wellbeing.

Action Oak

Sir Harry Studholme – Chief of the Forestry Commission, John Gardiner – Baron Gardiner of Kimble, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Kew Gardens Head of Arboretum Tony Kirkham, Michael Gove – Environment Secretary, Geraint Richards – Head Forester of the Duchy of Cornwall, Nicola Spence – Chief Plant Health Officer pictured on the Action Oak stand, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) created an Action Oak exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, to raise awareness of the problems our oak trees are facing and inform the public of these dangers.

Environmental pressures such as pollution, drought, climate change, and even the impact of our own actions through human expansion, the destruction of our green belt, and our desire to buy plants cheaply from abroad, where pests and diseases are at risk of being spread or introduced, have all impacted our plants, including our wonderful oak trees.

John Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Kimble, Tony Kirkham, Michael Gove, and Geraint Richards – Head Forester of the Duchy of Cornwall, pictured on the Action Oak stand, in the Discovery Zone, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The APHA Action Oak stand was awarded a Gold Medal, by the RHS judges, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  For more information about Action Oak, please click here.

Kew Gardens Head of Arboretum Tony Kirkham, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, John Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Kimble, and Geraint Richards – Head Forester of the Duchy of Cornwall, pictured on the Action Oak stand, in the Discovery Zone, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

New Plants!

Pennard Plants

Pennard Plants launched a new tomato called ‘Oh Happy Day’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, the Brighton School of Music performed the song ‘Oh Happy Day’ at the launch.

Pennard Plants launched a new blight resistant tomato – Tomato ‘Oh Happy Day’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  A quintet from the Brighton School of Music performed the song, ‘Oh Happy Day!’ in celebration of this new disease resistant cordon tomato, inside the Great Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

David Austin Roses

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (Auscartoon).

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ is one of three new rose introductions from David Austin Roses, which were launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (Auscartoon).

For more photographs and information on Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’, including a description of this new rose’s fragrance, please click here.

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver) produces flowers which soften in colour as they age, the new buds emerge as a raspberry ripple pink, they age and soften in colour to a lilac pink.

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver) is one of three new rose introductions that David Austin Roses launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver).

For more photographs and information on Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’, including a description of this new rose’s fragrance, please click here.

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw) is one of three new roses that David Austin Roses launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw).

It’s always a delight to find a new favourite plant!  My favourite of the roses launched this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’.  I have fallen head over heals with this rose and its delicious fragrance!  For more detailed information about Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’, Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’, and Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’, including my interpretation of each of these roses fragrances, please click here.

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw) is a very pretty, highly perfumed rose.

Show Gardens

The largest and most prestigious gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are the Show Gardens, these gardens showcase the best ideas in garden design to create exquisite gardens, that present the latest ideas and gardening innovations.

The M&G Garden

The RHS judges presented the M&G Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden designer Sarah price has used rammed earth walls to create a window, a view through the M&G Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The M&G Garden was designed by Sarah Price and built by Crocus, this Show Garden was sponsored by M&G Investments.

The rammed earth walls of the M&G Garden and the terracotta tone of the soil and pathways around the garden create a Mediterranean atmosphere that beautifully offsets the planting.

The yellow flowers of Isatis tinctoria, Zizia aurea, Foeniculum vulgare, and Euphorbia cyparissias provide highlights to the romantic planting of the M&G Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The M&G Garden featured drought tolerant, sun loving plants. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The M&G Garden, which was designed by Sarah Price, was very popular with visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Cistus creticus is a sun loving, summer flowering shrub that is hardy down to about -10C (14F). Pictured in the M&G Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The M&G Garden with its romanticised, Mediterranean atmosphere stood out from the other gardens, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the M&G Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The M&G Garden was designed by Sarah Price and built by Crocus, this Show Garden was sponsored by M&G Investments.

The Wedgwood Garden

Garden designer Jo Thompson pictured by the Wedgwood Garden, which Jo designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Wedgwood Garden features soft, naturalistic planting, a pond, and stepping stones made of Yorkshire stone, pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Wedgwood Garden has been designed for a woman. The garden provides a naturalistically planted area which will encourage wildlife, Jo wanted the garden to be the perfect space to take afternoon tea. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Iris ‘Carnival Time’ and Iris ‘Kent Pride’ are two of the irises included in the Wedgwood Garden, which was designed by Jo Thompson for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This complex modern pergola, or pavilion, was designed by Jo Thompson with a team from the Cambridge University Engineering Department. Pictured on the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Wedgwood Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Wedgwood Garden was designed by Jo Thompson.  This Show Garden was built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and sponsored by Wedgewood.

LG Eco-City Garden

The LG Eco-City Garden was designed by Hay Hwang and built by Randle Siddeley.  This Show Garden was sponsored by LG Electronics.

Designed to encourage outdoor living, the LG Eco-City Garden features an outdoor lounge and kitchen. Many of the plants that designer Hay Hwang has chosen for this garden have been selected as they can tolerate or reduce pollution. The LG Eco-City Garden is pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the LG Eco-City Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Orlaya grandiflora, Lupinus ‘Gallery White’, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, and Rosa ‘Salvation’, pictured in the LG Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Lupinus ‘Desert Sun’, Lupinus ‘Gallery White’, Rosa ‘Royal Philharmonic’, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, Geum ‘Banana Daiquiri’, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alba’, Trollius europaeus, white Digitalis, Orlaya grandiflora, Verbascum, and Peony ‘Prairie Moon’ combine to create a cheerful, welcoming array of planting, ideal for a sunny spot. Pictured in the LG Eco City Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the LG Eco-City Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The LG Eco-City Garden was designed by Hay Hwang and built by Randle Siddeley.  This Show Garden was sponsored by LG Electronics.

Trailfinders: a South African Wine Estate

The finishing touches being made to the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at the beautiful country garden style planting, featuring roses (Rosa ‘St Ethelburga’), foxgloves, and Alliums, surrounding the front of the wine state homestead, on the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden. This Show Garden was designed by Jonathan Snow, and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Foxgloves mingle with roses, dill, and other traditional cottage garden flowers. A closer look at some of the pretty planting on the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden, which was built by Stewart Landscape Construction, and sponsored by Trailfinders, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Trailfinders: a South African Wine Estate Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The orange flowers of Ornithogalum dubium, pictured in the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden. This Show Garden was designed by Jonathan Snow, and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This area of the garden depicts the fynbos landscape, where the plants need fire and regular burning to survive. The Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden. This Show Garden was designed by Jonathan Snow, and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at some of the Protea cynaroides ‘Madiba’ flowers on the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden, which was built by Stewart Landscape Construction, and sponsored by Trailfinders, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate was designed by Jonathan Snow to represent a traditional South African wine estate, a Cape Dutch Homestead, in the valley of the Cape Fold Mountains, within the fynbos landscape. The plants that grow in this region are regenerated by fire, indeed the plants that grow in this location need fire to survive.

A closer look at one of the Kniphofia flowers seen on the Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Show Garden, which was built by Stewart Landscape Construction, and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate was designed by Jonathan Snow.  This Show Garden was built by Stewart Landscape Construction, and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Trailfinders: a South African Wine Estate was designed by Jonathan Snow.  This Show Garden was built by Stewart Landscape Construction and sponsored by Trailfinders, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The David Harber and Savills Garden

The Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad performing on the The David Harber and Savills Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad performing on the The David Harber and Savills Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the David Harber and Savills Garden with a Bronze Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad performing on the The David Harber and Savills Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The David Harber and Savills Garden was designed by Nic Howard.  This Show Garden was built by Langdale Landscapes and sponsored by David Harber Ltd and Savills.

VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall

The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall was designed by Stuart Charles Towner with Studio Evens Lane, and built by RDC Landscapes.  This Show Garden was sponsored by VTB Capital.

A closer look at the waterfall in the VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the VTB Capital Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall was designed by Stuart Charles Towner with Studio Evens Lane, and built by RDC Landscapes.  This Show Garden was sponsored by VTB Capital.

The VTB Capital Garden – Spirit of Cornwall was designed by Stuart Charles Towner with Studio Evans Lane, and built by RDC Landscapes.  This Show Garden was sponsored by VTB Capital.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden took a picturesque, heart-warming view of the Yorkshire countryside to the centre of London.

Mark Gregory with his wife Louise, pictured in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, that Mark designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden with a Gold Medal, and the Best Construction Award.  The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Best Show Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden represents a Wensleydale cheese maker’s cottage garden, which is set in the Yorkshire Dales, on the edge of a woodland, just behind a tumbling beck, or brook, flanked by a buttercup meadow.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is designed to represent a Wensleydale cheese maker’s cottage garden, filled with Lupins, Wisteria, sweet peas, vegetables, and many cottage garden plants.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden took a picturesque, heart-warming view of the Yorkshire countryside to the centre of London.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden featured in a great many TV and radio broadcasts during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Adam Frost exploring the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The stone used in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden has been borrowed from the Bolton Estate, the home of Harry, the 8th Lord of Bolton and his family.  The stone will be returned to the Bolton Estate in Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, when Chelsea Flower Show closes.

The stone used in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden will be returned to the Bolton Estate in Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, when Chelsea Flower Show closes.

This area of the garden features colourful Lupins, iris, Alchemilla mollis, and traditional cottage garden plants. Rhiannon Williams planted the garden area around the creamery, in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Although Wisteria is a May flowering climber, its flowering period can be somewhat fleeting, so Wisteria isn’t seen at Chelsea as often as we might hope, so it was a delight to see the Wisteria in full flower in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Mark Gregory is absolutely full of praise for the natural talent of Rhiannon Williams, this up and coming, highly qualified designer, planted the beautiful area around the creamery, in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden was designed by Mark Gregory.  This Show Garden was built by Landform Consultants and sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire.  To read my interview with Mark Gregory and find out more about the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, please click here.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC

Chris Beardshaw pictured in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best in Show, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The pavilion in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, designed by Chris Beardshaw, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A view into the pavilion of the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC. The pavilion has been designed to be a relaxing, calm and comfortable space.

The pink flowers of Dodecatheon meadia in the foreground, the blue flowers of Meconopsis behind, and in the background, behind both of these is Enkianthus campanulatus. Pictured in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, which was designed by Chris Beardshaw, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Chris Beardshaw pictured watering Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’ in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The pavilion in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC is fitted with versatile, sliding, louvered doors made of cedar wood, which can be opened and closed in a multitude of different combinations. Pictured in the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Chris Beardshaw pictured watering the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC was designed by Chris Beardshaw and built by Chris Beardshaw Ltd.  This Show Garden was sponsored by Morgan Stanley.  To find out more about the Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC, read my interview with Chris Beardshaw here.

Wuhan Water Garden, China

You might be able to spot the spray of water shooting up in the middle of this photograph of the Wuhan Water Garden, China, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The planting design in the Wuhan Water Garden reflects contrasting rural and urban landscapes. The designers have created a celebration of Chinese flora particularly the flora of Hubei Province.

The Wuhan Water Garden, China featured plant species that are native to China and the Hubei Province, with species of plants that are widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere (including in China), as well as garden cultivars of Chinese plant species.

The Wuhan Water Garden, China is a conceptual garden, which was designed by architect Laurie Chetwood and landscape architect Patrick Collins. The designers have created a garden which visitors can walk around and view from every angle.

The RHS judges presented the Wuhan Water Garden with a Bronze Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

One of the main features of The Wuhan Water Garden, China, was the striking water features, which included shooting jets of water every 45 seconds, and an evocative mist surrounding the garden, which created an air of intrigue. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Designers Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins pictured in The Wuhan Water Garden, China, which they designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Wuhan Water Garden was designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins.  This Show Garden was sponsored by Creativersal.

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden was designed by Tom Massey. This Show Garden was sponsored by The Lemon Tree Trust.

Designer Tom Massey shows Alan Titchmarsh around the Lemon Tree Trust Garden, which Tom designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Lemon Tree Trust Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Designer Tom Massey shows Alan Titchmarsh around the Lemon Tree Trust Garden, which Tom designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Lemon Tree Tree Trust Garden was designed by Tom Massey.  This Show Garden was built by Landscape Associates and sponsored by the Lemon Tree Trust.

Space to Grow Gardens

New for 2018, the Space to Grow Gardens are a new category of show garden, designed to provide visitors with original ideas and trends to take home from the show to inspire their home gardens, whatever their size, and provide new gardening inspiration!

New West End Garden

TV presented Nicki Chapman pictured with garden designer Kate Gould in the New West End Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ and Astrantia ‘Buckland’, pictured in the New West End Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The New West End Garden is a communal garden that benefits from plants that enrich the area not only through their presence and beauty, but because these plants have the ability to absorb toxins and cope with pollution. The New West End Garden is pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the New West End Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Colin Evans and Keith Chapman from Kate Gould Gardens, pictured in the New West End Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ and Orlaya grandiflora, pictured in the New West End Garden, designed by Kate Gould, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The New West End Garden’s Sculpture is flanked by Angelica archangelica and foxgloves. The New West End Garden was designed by Kate Gould, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The New West End Garden was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens.  This Space to Grow Garden was sponsored by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, supported by New West End Company.

To see more photographs and find out more about the New West End Garden, please click here.

To read my 2017 interview with Garden Designer Kate Gould and Landscaper and Project Manager Keith Chapman and see photographs of the Gold Medal Winning City Living Garden that Kate Gould designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Silent Pool Gin Garden

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed and built by Surrey based Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Garden Design.

Garden designer David Neale has created a wonderfully restorative, relaxing space in his design and creation of the Silent Pool Gin Garden.  Many of us don’t think of low maintenance gardens as being very glamorous, but David Neale has cleverly demonstrated that low maintenance gardens can be just as magnificent as gardens that require daily attention.  The Silent Pool Gin Garden has been designed to be a calming, but re-energising space, the perfect spot to unwind with a drink after work or over the weekend.  David Neale’s choice of plants, his use of colour and materials have combined to form a fabulous garden which is a joy to spend time in.

David Neale shows Philip Scofield and other visitors around the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden Designer David Neale, of NealeRichards Darden Design, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden that David designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by NealeRichards Garden Design, the garden was sponsored by Silent Pool Distillers.  The RHS judges presented this Space to Grow garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal.  While the public chose this garden as their favourite Space to Grow Garden – the Silent Pool Gin Garden was voted the Best Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Designer David Neale selected flowering plants in shades of blue, white, and copper, for the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Pictured here are Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’, Nepeta x faassenii, and a blue bearded Iris.

Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed and built by David Neale of NealeRichards Garden Design, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden shows that a small garden can be beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, and low maintenance. There are no lawns to mow, no edges to trim, but plenty of beautiful plants to admire and enjoy in this garden, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a drink after work!

You can learn more about David Neale’s design and inspiration for the Silent Pool Gin Garden in my pre-Chelsea 2018 interview with David Neale here, or you can see more photographs of the Silent Pool Gin Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 here.

The Seedlip Garden

Left to right: Seedlip’s Head of Horticulture Tom Harfleet, Rod Lamborn (the son of Dr Calvin Lamborn), Garden Designer Dr Catherine MacDonald, and Seedlip founder Ben Branson. The Seedlip Garden was designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald and built by Landform Consultants.  This Space to Grow Garden was sponsored by Seedlip.

The RHS judges presented the Seedlip Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Seedlip Garden was designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Seedlip Garden was designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Instead of gravel, Catherine MacDonald has used dried peas as pea shingle, pictured in the Seedlip Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Lupinus ‘Desert Sun’, Trifolium incarnatum, and Baptisia ‘Dutch Chocolate’, pictured in the Seedlip Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Caesalpinia gilliesii – the crimson threadflower and Lupinus ‘Desert Sun’, pictured on the Seedlip Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Seedlip Garden was designed by Dr Catherine MacDonald and built by Landform Consultants.  This Space to Grow Garden was sponsored by Seedlip.  For more information and photographs of the Seedlip Garden, please click here.

The CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls

The CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls was designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and built by Burnham Landscaping.  This Space to Grow Garden was sponsored by CHERUB.

The RHS judges presented the CHERUB HIV Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The pod is bright white to represent the clinics that HIV patients have to attend. The CHERUB HIV Garden is pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Broadcaster Monty Don exploring the CHERUB HIV Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The CHERUB HIV Garden featured a combination of herbaceous perennials, pines, and Acers to represent the journey of a young person with HIV. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The CHERUB HIV Garden has been designed to raise awareness of HIV, highlighting the stigma and marginalisation that patients with HIV can at times encounter, with the hope of reducing the stigma and shame associated with this condition.

The RHS judges presented the CHERUB HIV Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls was designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and built by Burnham Landscaping.  This Space to Grow Garden was sponsored by CHERUB.

Urban Flow Garden

The Urban Flow Garden was designed by Tony Woods, this Space to Grow Garden was built by Garden Club London and sponsored by Thames Water, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Urban Flow Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Urban Flow Garden featured rich, tonal planting, this garden featured Lupins, Salvias, Euphorbia, Irises, and Astrantia, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The rich colours of Lupins, Salvias, Euphorbia, and Astrantia combine in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The dark leaves of Rosa glauca, and Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ combine in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Lupins and Astrantia pictured in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This garden arch is formed from dark steel Design Clad, the colour of this material blends with the leaf colour of Rosa glauca, pictured in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The lime green of Euphorbia contrasts with the rich colours of Lupins, Salvias, and Irises in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Urban Flow Garden was awarded a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Iris, Lupins, and Lysimachia are just some of the richly coloured plants in the Urban Flow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Urban Flow Garden was designed by Tony Woods.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by Garden Club London and sponsored by Thames Water.

The Myeloma UK Garden

The Myeloma UK Garden was designed to raise awareness of Myeloma, a treatable, but not as yet curable form of blood cancer. The massive blue acrylic sculpture in this garden weighs 7.5 tonnes! This artwork has been created in the likeness of Gemma Peace, Gemma is the daughter of Gill and Peter King. Peter King was the inspiration for this garden, this gentleman sadly lost his wife and brother to Myeloma.

The RHS judges presented the Myeloma UK Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden designer John Everiss and Nick Knowles, pictured by the Myeloma UK Garden. The Myeloma UK Garden was designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Myeloma UK Garden was designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by Peter Gregory Landscapes and sponsored by Myeloma UK. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Myeloma UK Garden was designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by Peter Gregory Landscapes and sponsored by Myeloma UK.

The Pearlfisher Garden

Tanya Streeter, a world champion free diver, pictured inside the Pearlfisher Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Tillandsia growing from inside a sea anemone, in the Pearlfisher Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A sculpture of a pearl fisher atop the Pearlfisher Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The worlds oceans are celebrated in the Pearlfisher Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. This garden features aquatic plants and fishes, alongside air plants and cacti.

The Pearlfisher Garden was designed by john Warland and Karen Welman. This Space to Grow Garden was built by Garden Builders, and sponsored by Pearlfisher, Nigel Colclough, and Jason deCaires Taylor, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Pearlfisher Garden has been created to highlight the threat of plastics in our oceans. This garden acts as a request to all companies to create sustainable packaging that will not harm the planet.

The RHS judges presented the Pearlfisher Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Pearlfisher Garden was designed by Karen Welman and John Warland.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by Garden Builders and sponsored by Pearlfisher, Pressfab Engineering Ltd, and Jason deCaires Taylor.

Skin Deep

The Skin Deep Garden was designed by Robert Barker for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. This Space to Grow Garden was built by Terraforma Landscapes, the garden was sponsored by Harley Street Skin Care, Vaughn Designs, Chiltern GRC, and London Stone.

The RHS judges presented the Skin Deep Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Skin Deep Garden is a conceptual garden, designed to raise awareness of the variety of skin conditions people can experience. Each concrete block has a different texture to represent the many different skin conditions and skin types that exist. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Skin Deep Garden received a Silver-Gilt Medal from the RHS judges, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

White foxgloves pictured in the Skin Deep Garden. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Robert Barker, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Aquilegia and Irises pictured in the Skin Deep Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Skin Deep was designed by Robert Barker.  This Space to Grow Garden was built by Terraforma Landscapes and sponsored by Harley Street Skin Care, Vaughan Designs, Chiltern GRC, and London Stone.

Artisan Gardens

The Artisan Gardens are the smallest of the show gardens, these inspirational gardens remind us that smallest of gardens are often the most beautiful.  The Artisan Gardens are designed to showcase traditional crafts and skills, these gardens often feature hand-made or hand crafted, rustic elements.

The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden

Garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, pictured watering The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

For the past five years, garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, has been caring for the Mulberry tree, which you can see here in this photograph, at the back of The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Viking Cruises Wellness Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by GK Wilson Landscapes.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by Viking Cruises.

The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by GK Wilson Landscapes.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by Viking Cruises.

Warner Edwards Garden

Garden designer Kate Savill pictured in the Warner Edwards Garden, which was designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Alchemilla mollis, Sanguisorba minor, Aquilegias, Silybum marianum, and alpine strawberries, mingle in the Warner Edwards Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Many of the plants used in the Warner Edwards Garden are used in gin making or can be used to garnish gin drinks. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Warner Edwards Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Angelica archangelica pictured in the Warner Edwards Garden, which was designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Traditional straw bee hives are sheltered inside alcoves in the dry stone wall of the Warner Edwards Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Angelica archangelica, pictured in the Warner Edwards Garden, designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge. This Artisan Garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Warner Edwards Garden was designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge.  This Artisan Garden was built by Frogheath Landscapes, the garden was sponsored by Warner Edwards.

O-mo-te-na-shi no Niwa – The Hospitality Garden

Garden designer Kazuyuki Ishihara pictured in the O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden, that Kazuyuki Ishihara designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden was designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. This Artisan Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Artisan Garden by the RHS judges.

The RHS judges presented the O-mo-te-na-shi no Niwa – The Hospitality Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, the judges also presented this garden with the prestigious title of Best Artisan Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at the pond and waterfall in the O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden, this stone water feature is planted with irises and surrounded by Acers, mosses, and larches, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at some of the pillow mosses in the O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA – the Hospitality Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

O-mo-te-na-shi no Niwa – The Hospitality Garden was designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara and built by the Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Ltd.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by G-Lion.

The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden a partnership with Frosts

Laura Anstiss designed The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden was designed by Laura Anstiss.  This Artisan Garden was built by Frosts Landscapes and sponsored by Frosts Garden Centres.

The RHS judges presented the Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Supershoes, Laced with Hope Garden was designed by Laura Anstiss.  This Artisan Garden was built by Frosts Landscapes and sponsored by Frosts Garden Centres.

The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden

The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden was designed by Janine Crimmins and built by Andrew Louden.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by The Claims Guys.

The RHS judges presented the Claims Guys: A Very English Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, and the public chose this garden as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Best Artisan Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden designer Janine Crimmins and Master Craftsman Andrew Loudon make a great team! The Claims Guys – A Very English Garden is a pretty garden, and a celebration of traditional English gardens and skilled craftsmanship.

The Claims Guys – A Very English Garden was designed by Janine Crimmins and built by Andrew Loudon, a husband and wife team.
Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Claims Guys – A very English Garden is a quintessential English garden, complete with a half domed, sheltered niche seating area. The garden is planted with roses, Irises, topiary Buxus sempervirens, and herbaceous perennials. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden was designed by Janine Crimmins and built by Andrew Louden.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by The Claims Guys.

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden was designed by Kati Crome and build by Conway Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

A closer look at the tiles in the Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden, which was built by Conway Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden is a tribute to writer Leslie Forbes. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden was designed by Kati Crome and built by Conway Landscapes.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by Embroidered Minds.

British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams

The RHS judges presented the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams was designed by Sarah Eberle and built by Belderbos Landscapes.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by the British Council.

A closer look at the planting by the wickets in the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. This area of the garden is planted with Lantana, Dianthus, Marigolds, and Proteas.

A closer look at the Pietra Dura marble work in the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams, which was designed by Sarah Eberle and built by Belderbos Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The RHS judges presented the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams was designed by Sarah Eberle and built by Belderbos Landscapes.  This Artisan Garden was sponsored by the British Council.

The Great Pavilion

During the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Great Pavilion is home to around one hundred different nurseries from across the UK.  Whatever type of plant you’re interested in, you’re sure to find many new favourite plants here!

Independent Specialist Nurseries

W & S Lockyer

Simon Lockyer and Louise Batchelor of W & S Lockyer, with their Gold Medal winning display of Auriculas, pictured inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

RHS judge Jim Buttress pictured with Simon Lockyer and Louise Batchelor of W & S Lockyer, with their Gold Medal winning display of Auriculas, pictured inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Simon Lockyer of W & S Lockyer, with his Gold Medal winning display of Auriculas, pictured inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

I was so happy to see that the RHS judges had presented W & S Lockyer Auricula Specialists with a Gold Medal for their magnificent display of Auriculas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Walkers Bulbs at Taylors

Narcissus from Walkers Bulbs at Taylors. Pictured inside the Great Pavilion at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This fantastic daffodil exhibit was created by Johnny Walkers of Walkers Bulbs at Taylors. Pictured inside the Great Pavilion at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This magnificent display of daffodils was created by Walkers Bulbs at Taylors. Pictured inside the Great Pavilion at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Walkers Bulbs at Taylors create a spectacular daffodil exhibit each year.  The RHS judges presented Johnny Walkers’ daffodil exhibit with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Southfields Nurseries

This fantastically colourful cacti exhibit was grown and created by Southfields Nurseries for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Southfields Nurseries were presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of the Diamond Jubilee Award, by the RHS judges, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  Southfields Nurseries are the largest cactus nursery in the UK.

The Royal Horticultural Society judges presented Southfields Nurseries with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

This incredible display of cacti were grown by Southfields Nurseries for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

The Royal Horticultural Society judges presented Southfields Nurseries with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Daisy Roots Nursery

Anne Godfrey from Daisy Roots Nursery, pictured on her Gold Medal winning exhibit of drought tolerant, hardy perennials and ornamental grasses, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Arctotis × hybrida hort. ‘Flame’, pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, on the Gold Medal exhibit created by Anne Godfrey from Daisy Roots Nursery.

To take a tour of Daisy Roots Nursery’s Gold Medal exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, please click here.

Hogarth Hostas

Jonathan Hogarth holds a National Collection of Small and Miniature Hostas. Some of Jonathan’s Hosta plants are pictured in this special exhibit that Jonathan created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Jonathan brought his newest plant, Hosta ‘Mouse Capades’ along with other Hostas that Jonathan has grown for many years, to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Hosta ‘Mouse Capades’, pictured on the Hogarth Hostas exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

To take a tour of Hogarth Hosta’s National Collection of Small and Miniature Hostas at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

Plant Societies

The Orchid Society of Great Britain

Peter Johnson (Vice Chairman), Sally Mill (Treasurer), Sue Johnson (Membership Secretary), and Richard Taylor from Kew Gardens, pictured with the Orchid Society of Great Britain’s beautiful orchid exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

I didn’t spend as long with the wonderful Orchid Society of Great Britain and their beautiful orchid exhibit as I would have liked.  I am a member of the OSGB, it’s a lovely society, if you’re interested in finding out about the Orchid Society of Great Britain, you can visit their website here.

The RHS judges presented the Orchid Society of Great Britain with a Silver-Gilt Medal for their orchid exhibit.

Richard Taylor of the Orchid Society of Great Britain, pictured with the society’s beautiful orchid exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Plant Heritage

Lorraine Smith, Alan Titchmarsh, Jackie Currie, Steve Currie, and Plant Heritage Show Secretary Gill Groombridge, pictured with Plant Heritage’s exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Garden designer Jackie Currie designed and built the Plant Heritage exhibit, which publicises the work that Plant Heritage do in supporting National Collection holders.  There are currently over 600 National Plant Collections, ranging from roses to carnivorous plants and everything in between!  Plants from 25 of the current National Plant Collections came together to make up the Plant Heritage exhibit.  The RHS judges presented Plant Heritage’s exhibit with a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Jackie Currie is pictured above with Plant Heritage President Alan Titchmarsh, Jackie’s business partner Lorraine Smith, Jackie’s husband Steve Currie, and Plant Heritage Show Secretary Gill Groombridge – who worked with Jackie to create the display.

You can read more about Jackie Currie and her National Collection of Allium species and cultivars here.

Plant Heritage’s exhibit, ‘The Heart of Plant Heritage’, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Plant Heritage, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Geum ‘Lemon Drops’, pictured on the Plant Heritage exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Trade stands

Vegepod

Simon Holloway and Sarah Hamilton from Vegepod, pictured with their Vegepod container gardening system, inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Vegepod are opening an office in the UK this year, to celebrate the company’s expansion Vegepod created their first Vegepod exhibit inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  Vegepod is described as a simple, easy way of growing vegetables at home, this container gardening system is a raised bed system with its own cover and self watering system.

Blue Forest

This fabulous tree house from Blue Forest features a Narnia inspired wardrobe, which opens to reveal the hidden entrance to the slide. There’s also a champagne pulley system! Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Even as an adult I’d love a tree house, so it was fun to see Blue Forest tree houses at the show!

James Doran-Webb

Incredible driftwood sculptures of horses, an eagle, a hare and other creatures by James Doran-Webb, pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

James Doran-Webb creates striking driftwood sculptures, his Chelsea exhibit is always very well executed and well received by visitors.

Dalefoot Composts

Simon Bland of Dalefoot Composts, pictured with Dalefoot Composts stand, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

It’s always a pleasure to see Simon and the team from Dalefoot Composts.  I am a huge fan of Dalefoot Composts!  These composts have been the top performing composts in my Compost Trials, if you’re looking to purchase compost, you may find the results of my Compost Trials to be of interest.

To see all of my Compost Trials, please click here.

To read advice on planting up containers, please click here.

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