RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 (part one)

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

A highlight of the horticultural calendar, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 21st May 2019, to Saturday 25th May 2019.

In preparation for the show, over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers, 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 tirelessly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea, into a plant filled oasis.  The Chelsea Flower Show is jam packed full of gardening ideas and inspiration!

At this show, visitors can discover the latest innovations and new garden products, tools, and technology; alongside the latest 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 nurseries and specialist growers.  Many of these nurseries specialise in growing plants from a particular genus, while other growers are experts on plants that flourish in a specific type of habitat or environment.  Visitors will find nurseries growing a wide array of plants: from roses to foxgloves, herbaceous perennials to bonsai, auriculas to cacti, houseplants to trees and shrubs, and almost everything in between!

Prominent messages at this year’s Chelsea were climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, and the environment.  Many of the garden designers at this year’s show had incorporated eco friendly ideas into their gardens, as a way of using their gardens to demonstrate methods that gardeners can live and garden more sustainably, or to showcase new plant technologies.

Foxgloves were a popular plant at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Many of the gardens at this year’s Chelsea feature the latest developments in technology.  Designer, David Neale, has created a green roof that uses plant energy to create electricity.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 is sponsored by M&G Investments.

Here’s a look at the plants, people, and gardens, from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019:

Carol Kirkwood, pictured presenting the weather for the BBC Breakfast Show, from the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Best in Show

The M&G Garden

Designer, Andy Sturgeon has used plants with lots of different leaf forms in his design for the M&G Garden. Taller, vertical Equisetums and Restios, contrast with the lower, horizontal, elliptical leaves of Hostas, and the serrated fronds of ferns.
Andy Sturgeon and Joe Swift pictured with the M&G Garden. The RHS judges presented designer, Andy Sturgeon, with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best in Show, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
I thought the M&G Garden was exquisite! Andy Sturgeon is so talented. The M&G Garden is pictured, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The M&G Garden was designed by Andy Sturgeon, built by Crocus, and sponsored by M&G Investments.

The M&G Garden celebrates the power of nature, highlighting the wonder of plants, reminding us of plants’ astonishing ability to regenerate and colonise new areas of ground.  Designer, Andy Sturgeon, has combined an array of plants, that originate in many different countries, around the world, in his design for the M&G Garden.  These plants would never naturally be found growing together, giving visitors the chance to see a number of rare plants, which haven’t been seen before at Chelsea.  Andy’s use of primordial plants, like Equisetums and Restios, only add to the antiquated, prehistoric feel of this Show Garden.

Trochodendron aralioides grows best in well drained soil, in a sheltered spot, in full sunshine. Trochodendron aralioides is pictured in flower, in the M&G Garden, which was designed by Andy Sturgeon, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Sculptor, Johnny Woodford, has used a chainsaw to carve these huge slices of oak, which are a predominant feature of the M&G Garden.  After carving, Johnny has used a torch to scorch the oak, giving the wood a rather cliff edge, rock like, almost historic appearance.  Rather than harming the structures, this burning process actually preserves the longevity of these sculptures, enabling them to become a lasting feature.  These gnarled oak slices prevent visitors from seeing the M&G Garden as a whole, providing a sense of intrigue, whilst also creating areas with a feel of privacy and seclusion.  Ironstone blocks have been designed to form simple, non-intrusive seating platforms that are functional, but also blend into the landscape.  The M&G Garden is sheltered and enhanced by the magnificent trees that Andy has brought in, to create a sense of beauty, power, and drama.  I just loved this fabulous garden, it felt powerful and emotive, a really awe inspiring space!

The M&G Garden features these huge, intricately carved and scorched pieces of oak, which were created especially for the M&G Garden by sculptor, Johnny Woodford.
Hosta ‘Devon Green’, pictured in the M&G Garden, which was designed by Andy Sturgeon, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Hosta ‘Devon Green’, pictured in the M&G Garden, which was designed by Andy Sturgeon, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The RHS judges presented the M&G Garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best In Show, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. This show garden was designed by Andy Sturgeon and built by Crocus.
Rodgersia podophylla is a hardy perennial suited to growing in moist soil, in partial shade. Rodgersia podophylla, is pictured in the M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Sculptor, Johnny Woodford, has used a chainsaw to carve these huge slices of oak, which are a predominant feature of the M&G Garden.
I loved the honeycomb like shaped paving slabs used to construct the patio on the M&G Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
I just loved the M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. This garden felt powerful and emotive. I love to celebrate the beauty and wonder of plants and that’s what this garden does. I love it!
James Wong broadcasting from the M&G Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Best Construction Award

The Resilience Garden

The Resilience Garden featured a soft, beautifully planted woodland garden. This garden was designed by Sarah Eberle and built by Crocus, for the Forestry Commission, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges presented this show garden with a Gold Medal and the best Construction Award.

The Resilience Garden was designed by Sarah Eberle, built by Crocus, and sponsored by The Forestry Commission.

The Forestry Commission are celebrating their centenary this year, by installing a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Sarah Eberle has designed the Resilience Garden to celebrate the Forestry Commission’s 100th birthday, with the aim of using this anniversary to highlight a number of ways in which our forests’ resilience can be enhanced.

A closer look at the meadow planting, where Echium russicum and Linum perenne contrast superbly, in the Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Resilience Garden celebrates the Forestry Commission’s 100th anniversary. This show garden raises questions about what challenges the forests of the future might face, suggesting plants that might cope well in the new growing conditions brought about by climate change.

The Resilience Garden echoes the designs of William Robinson, a forest visionary, who is an advocate for natural forest planting.  This show garden features trees suited to growing in forest environments, plants that thrive in damp or waterlogged soil, as well as plants suited to growing in dry, arid environments.  Sarah Eberle has included plants that have been shown to adapt well to different growing conditions, and so may endure and adapt to survive the changing climate of the future.

The Resilience Garden features a pond, a bog garden, a meadow, a dry area, and a woodland.

Climate change is a central feature of the Resilience Garden, this show garden highlights some of the dangers that our forests might face in the future, including higher temperatures and the increased threat of pests and diseases.  Rather than using one type of tree to create a monotonous planting, designer, Sarah Eberle has included a diverse range of trees and plants, many of which cope well with a range of different growing conditions, to create a more resilient, structured forest planting.

The pink flowers of Lychnis flos-cuculi and Silene dioica, pictured together in the wild flower area of the Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle, for the Forestry Commission, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The People’s Choice Award

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden was designed by Mark Gregory and built by Landform Consultants. The RHS judges presented this garden with a Gold Medal. While, the public chose the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden was designed by Mark Gregory, built by Landform Consultants, and sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Designer Mark Gregory, has brought part of Yorkshire to Surrey.  Mark has achieved the seemingly impossible, by re-creating a small section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, here at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

Mark and Louise Gregory are pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This ambitious design features a dream-like imagined stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal that includes the Lock Keeper’s cottage, his private garden, complete with home-grown vegetables growing in the garden, as well as the Lock Keeper’s experimental garden, which includes a perennial meadow, with species of lupin creating a dreamy, bee friendly, mini meadow.  Wild and naturalistic planting lines the hoggin tow path, which comes complete with puddles!

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal inspired the design of the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden. This area of West Yorkshire has changed and softened over the years. The area’s industrial past is now a memory, this area is now a wildlife habitat and corridor.
As in previous years, multi stemmed trees were a feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Foxgloves were a popular plant at this year’s show.
Mark Gregory designed and built the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Pretty yellow Verbascums mingle with Camassia, cow parsley, and lupins, in the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

To see my photographs and the article I’ve written about the Welcome to Yorkshire 2019 Garden, please click here.

More Show Gardens

The Wedgwood Garden

I loved the classical elegance of the Wedgwood Garden. The planting was sublime, my only regret was that the borders weren’t wider, as I would have liked to have seen more plants in this garden.
I adore Angelica archangelica and Digitalis, so it was a real pleasure to see these plants featured in the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Wedgwood Garden was designed by Jo Thompson, built by Jody Lidgard and Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and sponsored by Wedgwood.

Garden Designer, Jo Thompson’s classical design of the Wedgwood Garden was inspired by Etruria, Wedgwood’s 18th Century factory, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.  This is a beautifully elegant garden; the planting is wonderfully evocative and full of feminine charm.  Jo has included some glorious colour combinations, using lots of large, pastel coloured flowers, which give a glamorous feel to the garden.

I thought the Wedgwood Garden was really rather lovely, my only quip was that I would have liked to have seen a wider border, with more plants, and a smaller terrace.

Rosa ‘Bonica’ pictured mingling with Iris ‘Pink Charm’ and pretty pink Geraniums, as seen in the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Iris ‘Pink Charm’ flower buds; as seen in the Wedgwood Garden, which was designed by Jo Thompson, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Wedgwood Garden featured an elegant palette of plants, that produced flowers in shades of pink, peach, orange, and green.

Josiah Wedgwood chose a site for Etruria that had good soil and was in the path of the Trent and Mersey Canal.  Water was an essential part of Etruria, it was needed for production of the pottery and for the workers.  As a reflection of this importance, Designer, Jo Thompson has made water a central feature of the Wedgwood Garden.  Designer, Jo Thompson has married old and new, creating a secret sunken level, below the garden, where some of the artefacts that inspired Josiah Wedgwood have been placed.

Angelica archangelica, pictured in the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Verbascum ‘Helen Johnson’ and Iris ‘Pink Charm’ pictured in the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Josiah Wedgwood set up Etruria with a factory and good quality housing for his employees.  Overtime Etruria grew and prospered.  The workforce who lived and worked on site – the Etruscans – formed a community, enjoying bowling, tennis, choir singing, and amateur dramatics, in their free time.

The Wedgwood Garden features a pond with stepping stones. These classical style columns tone in perfectly with the planting, adding grandeur and height to the garden.
This is Rosa ‘Bonica’, as pictured in the Wedgwood Garden, which was designed by Jo Thompson, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Digitalis ‘Sutton’s Apricot’, as pictured in the Wedgwood Garden, designed by Jo Thompson, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

A popular bee plant, Valeriana pyrenaica, with its lovely heart shaped green leaves and corymbs of tiny lilac flowers will attract all manner of pollinating insects to your garden.  Roses add a sumptuous softness and elegance.  While the swamp cypress, Taxodium distichum, a plant that thrives when planted as part of a moisture rich landscape, adds height and another dimension to this modern, classical garden.

This is Iris ‘Pink Charm’, as pictured in the Wedgwood Garden. This elegant garden was designed by Jo Thompson, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Verbascum ‘Helen Johnson’ is a hardy, herbaceous perennial that flourishes in full sunshine and partial shade. ‘Helen Johnson’ produces these lovely spires of coppery-brown-peach. This is a super plant for bees and other pollinating insects. Pictured in the Wedgwood Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Also known as the Californian poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is an easy to grow annual, which produces these lovely flowers in a variety of shades, including orange, white, cream, and pink. Plants usually self seed around the garden.

Many of the flowers in the Wedgwood Garden have a lightness and delicacy.  Eschscholzia californica, with its silky petaled, soft cream coloured flower buds adds a subtle warmth and cohesion to the copper, orange, and peach tones in this planting scheme.  While, Angelica archangelica adds a freshness and a delightful contrast to the orange, peach, pink, and copper hues.

Angelica archangelica mingles with foxgloves, in the Wedgwood Garden. As seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Savills and David Harber Garden

Garden designer, Andrew Duff, and sculptor, David Harber, pictured in the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Savills and David Harber Garden was designed by Andrew Duff, built by Dan Flynn and Gardenlink, and sponsored by Savills.

Garden Designer, Andrew Duff has set out to demonstrate how small spaces, in our cities and towns, can be transformed into sustainable woodland gardens, complete with full height trees, water purifying wetland areas, and a pond.

Singer Natalie Rushdie, pictured in the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The overall feel that this garden gives me is of one of calm.  This is down to the planting and the designer’s use of plants, trees, and water.  Planted predominantly with plants that will transform and green up the available pockets of land in city centres, with scattered added sunshine yellow and white, floral highlights from Ranunculus acris (buttercups), and Anthriscus sylvestris (cow parsley).

The Savills and David Harber Garden celebrates the benefits of trees and plants and highlights the importance of greening urban areas. The Savills and David Harber Garden is pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The pond features a 3.5m (11.5ft) shard like sculpture called Nyneve, that bursts up from the ground, pointing skywards.  This artwork has been designed by David Harber, to represent the rays of sunlight shining through the clearing, in a woodland garden.

David Harber pictured next to his sculpture, Nyneve, in the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Anthriscus sylvestris, also known as cow parsley, frames David Harber’s sculpture, in the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Savills and David Harber Garden features the longest green wall ever seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This wall is planted with over 3,000 plants.

As well as improving the visual appearance of the site, the Savills and David Harber Garden has been designed to improve the environment.  This garden features the largest green wall that’s been created at the Chelsea Flower Show, which has been thoughtfully planted with specially chosen plants, that together with the trees, will filter pollutants from the air.  While, the poolside plants filter and clean grey water, which is collected and stored for later use to water the garden’s plants in dry weather.

The Savills and David Harber Garden serves to remind us that city spaces can be totally transformed from dull grey to calm, soothing green, by using plants, planting trees and including ponds and other relaxing features that will benefit gardeners, wildlife, and the environment.

Singer, Natalie Rushdie, opened the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with a special, intimate performance where Natalie sang some of her favourite songs.

Singer Natalie Rushdie, pictured during her performance at the opening of the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Singer Natalie Rushdie, pictured with garden designer, Andrew Duff, in the Savills and David Harber Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

You can see more photographs of the Savills and David Harber Garden, in this article.

The Greenfingers Charity Garden

The Greenfingers Garden was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Greenfingers Charity Garden was designed by Kate Gould, built by Kate Gould Gardens, and sponsored by Greenfingers Charity.

Garden designer Kate Gould and Keith Chapman, pictured together in the Greenfingers Garden they created, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Designer, Kate Gould, has created this inspirational relaxing, yet fun garden, which was designed to celebrate the wonderful effects that Greenfingers Charity gardens have on the patients in children’s hospices, around the UK.   The Greenfingers Charity Garden is an accessible garden that has been created over two levels; this garden includes a walkway and a lift, ensuring that the whole garden is open and welcoming to visitors of all ages and abilities.

The Greenfingers Garden featured lots of beautiful planting in tones of green, white, and yellow. I found the Greenfingers Garden had a relaxing, calming, and uplifting effect on me. I really enjoyed being in this fabulous garden.

Greenfingers Charity believe in the positive, uplifting effect of spending time outdoors, among plants and nature.  The charity is driven by a desire to alleviate some of the stress, anxiety, and pain that seriously children and their families experience, by creating accessible, interactive gardens for patients staying in UK hospices.  The Greenfingers Charity Garden celebrates the wonderful feeling we get when we spend time outdoors, among plants and nature.  Designer, Kate Gould, has demonstrated how outside space can be adapted to create an accessible, feel good garden.

The Greenfingers Garden features a number of beautifully perfumed plants, including lilies, Choisya, and lily of the valley.

This is Lilium regale, a wonderfully perfumed, magnificent plant which produces these glorious flowers in early summer. Lilium are poisonous to cats, so this is a plant to avoid if you have a cat.
Choisya ‘Greenfingers’ is a new shrub; every sale raises money for Greenfingers, a charity that creates gardens for children’s hospices. Choisya ‘Greenfingers’ is available exclusively from RHS Garden Centres.
A closer look at the attractive white flowers of Choisya ‘Greenfingers’. This evergreen shrub makes quite an impact when it blooms in late spring.
White roses pictured in the Greenfingers Garden, designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Angelica archangelica, pictured in the Greenfingers Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Morgan Stanley Garden

Garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, has created the Morgan Stanley Garden with the hope of inspiring gardeners to minimise waste and to be kinder to the environment.

The Morgan Stanley Garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw, built by Chris Beardshaw Ltd, and sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

Chris Beardshaw pictured in the Gold Medal winning show garden that Chris designed for Morgan Stanley, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Designer Chris Beardshaw has taken inspiration from British gardeners’ love of the traditional herbaceous border, for his design for the Morgan Stanley Garden.  This show garden includes plants that are set to be popular crowd pleasers, like this beautiful Pinus nigra specimen with its graceful, sweeping stem and these sensual, curvaceous topiary Taxus baccata (Yew) domes, which are positioned at the front of the garden, alongside fragrant French lavenders.  A rill of water gently flows through the garden, while specimen trees provide a relaxed feel, enclosing the garden with a soft green canopy of leaves.  The scene is enhanced with floral highlights from early summer flowering, herbaceous perennials.

Nectaroscordum siculum, which is also known as Allium siculum. These flowers are a magnet for bees, as pictured in the Morgan Stanley Garden. This garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ produces these beautiful variegated leaves. These pretty blue flowers are produced in springtime. Pictured in the Morgan Stanley Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Chris Beardshaw has designed a Chelsea Garden for sponsor, Morgan Stanley.  This year, Chris has set out to highlight some of the ways that designers and gardeners can minimise waste, by creating a garden using new techniques and ideas to ensure that the products used to create the garden are useful and in production, for as long as possible.

One of the predominant plants in the Morgan Stanley Garden is this beautiful Pinus nigra specimen, with its low, bent form.  Early on in its life, this tree was blown over at the nursery it was grown at, causing the tree’s trunk to develop this elegant swoop and curve.

This beautiful Pinus nigra specimen was the star of The Morgan Stanley Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
This Aesculus pavia specimen was a popular plant for long tongued bees, in the Morgan Stanley Garden, which was designed by Chris Beardshaw, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Aesculus pavia is a deciduous shrub from North and South America. Aesculus pavia grows to around 5m (16ft) tall. Plants are hardy down to around -15C (59F).

Chris Beardshaw pictured with Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman of Craig House Cacti, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

If you’re interested in finding out about Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman and their company, Craig House Cacti, click here to see the article I wrote about them.

Great Pavilion

National Collection of Alliums

Jackie Currie, with two Chelsea pensioners and her National Collection of Allium Species and cultivars, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

You can see Jackie Currie’s National Collection of Allium Species and Cultivars at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, via this link – here.

If you’re interested in Alliums, click here to find out more about Jackie Currie’s National Collection of Allium Species and Cultivars at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Orchid Society of Great Britain

Dr Henry Oakley pictured with the Orchid Society of Great Britain’s Gold Medal winning orchid exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

I love being a member of the Orchid Society of Great Britain.  It was wonderful to see the OSGB’s fabulous orchid exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Orchid Society of Great Britain created this beautiful exhibit created using orchids grown by OSGB members. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

David Austin Roses

The lovely Jo Bird, from David Austin Roses, pictured with David Austin’s Gold Medal winning rose exhibit, in the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

It’s always such a pleasure to visit David Austin Roses stand.  I love to take time out to relish the scent of some of my favourite roses.

New Plants!

Roses

Rosa ‘Gabriel Oak’

Rosa ‘Gabriel Oak’ is an English rose that produces large, vivid fuchsia-pink coloured blooms, each comprised of many petals, which gives the flowers a sumptuous and rather glamorous quality.

To find out all about Rosa ‘Gabriel Oak’, including my interpretation of this new rose’s fragrance, please click here.

Rosa ‘Eustacia Vye’

Rosa ‘Eustacia Vye’ (Ausegdon) is an English Shrub Rose, which was bred by David Austin and introduced at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

To find out what I thought of the fragrance of Rosa ‘Eustacia Vye’, and find out more about this new rose, which was introduced by David Austin Roses, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

To visit David Austin Roses website, please click here.

Hostas

Hogarth Hostas

Hosta ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’

Hogarth Hostas released this new miniature Hosta, Hosta ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Hosta ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’ was launched by specialist Hosta nursery, Hogarth Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This miniature Hosta is another Hosta from the covetable Blue Mouse Ears Series.  Hosta ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’ is a sport of Hosta ‘Green Mouse Ears’.  This diminutive little plant produces ruffled, wavy leaves, with an attractive creamy white colouring, each leaf is outlined by a mid to dark green leaf margin which has a painterly quality.  Lavender flowers are produced in June and July.  This new, miniature Hosta is available from Hogarth Hostas.

To see more photographs of Hogarth Hosta’s exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition

Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, can see the plants that were shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition, inside the Grand Pavilion.

Rosa ‘Eustacia Vye’, Rosa ‘Gabriel Oak’ and Hosta ‘Ruffled Pole Mouse’ were all shortlisted plants in the prestigious RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition.  You can see the top twenty shortlisted plants, including the finalists and the winner of the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year, in this article I wrote about the competition.

Space to Grow Gardens

People’s Choice Award Winner

Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow

This is the CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden. The RHS judges awarded this Space to Grow Garden a Gold Medal, and the public voted this garden the winner of the People’s Choice Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow was designed by Jilayne Rickards, built by Cormac Conway Landscapes, and sponsored by CAMFED.

Cormac Conway of Conway Landscapes built the CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden. The RHS judges awarded this Space to Grow Garden a Gold Medal, and the public voted this garden as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, celebrates the 25th anniversary of CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education), an international non-profit organisation, set up to support and educate young girls, and empower women, in the poorest rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

This is Beauty Gombana, a business woman, from Zimbabwe, who’s the inspiration for the CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden.

Designer, Jilayne Rickards, has included many of the edible crops that are grown in Zimbabwe, in her design for the Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden.  In this garden, visitors can see a range of fruits and vegetables growing, including: beans, peas, papaya, banana, sweet potato, grains, and other edible plants.  These plants have been grown by CAMFED alumni, especially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but they can all be found growing in Zimbabwe.

Peanut plants, pictured growing in the CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Pumpkins grow alongside tomatoes and other vegetables, in the CAMFED, CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Permaculture techniques taught by Foundation for Farming is demonstrated within the CAMFED Garden.  Composting, rainwater collection, and recycling grey water, are all important features of this garden’s design.

The CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden will be moving to the Eden Project, in Cornwall, after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

A concrete building has been faithfully created to accurately resemble one of the classrooms in Zimbabwe.  The classroom enhances this garden’s message of the importance of education to empower girls and young women and allow them to create more prosperous futures for themselves.  CAMFED allows girls to continue their education and supports young women, helping them to become leaders to install and create positive change for themselves, and for their families.

Many of the plants seen growing in the CAMFED Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, are grown for their health giving vitamins.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden

Designer, David Neale, has created The Silent Pool Gin Garden as an urban garden. This Space to Grow Garden is designed to fit in a difficult, awkward shaped space, in a built up area. Appealing to all our senses, fragrant plants provide perfume to relax and delight us. There’s also a water wall, a rill that runs water down to a pond, to create a lovely place to relax and find a place of calm in the city centre.

The Silent Pool Gin Garden was designed by David Neale, built by Neale Richards Garden Design, and sponsored by the Silent Pool Distillers.

Garden designer, David Neale, has focused on his desire to green up awkward city spaces and discover new plant technologies in his design for the Silent Pool Gin Garden.  The idea for this garden, is to take an unloved, perhaps rather awkward space and add plant life and inspiration, to appeal to all the senses and create a garden that is uplifting, relaxing, and awe inspiring.

David Neale, pictured in the Silent Pool Gin Garden. David designed and built this Space to Grow Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This Space to Grow Garden brings inspiration from Surrey to Chelsea Flower Show.  Professor Tony Myatt, from the University of Surrey, has recorded the sounds of bird song and insects buzzing and whizzing around in the Surrey Hills, especially to play in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   Changes in the wind, temperature, and the humidity within the garden, have been set up to trigger sensors to play different bird song and other natural pre-recorded sounds, within the garden.  This computerised sound system projects a 360 degree soundscape, giving visitors a taste of some of the sounds of the wildlife from the peaceful, tranquil areas of the Surrey Hills.

The unusual burnt orange blooms of Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ contrast rather beautifully against the deep blue flowers of Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’, on the Silent Pool Gin Garden.
The Silent Pool Gin Garden, features a rill, which runs water down the steps into the garden, and into a pond.
The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a hammered copper lined rill, which follows the line of the steps, bringing water down into the garden. The rill is flanked by raised beds on both sides.

Designer, David Neale hopes to remind us of the beauty and wonder of plants and their transformative effects on us and our landscape.  Taking inspiration from the Surrey Hills, a desire to improve the urban landscape and to work with the latest new plant technology, David Neale has created a space to unwind, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden and the wider landscape.

In the Silent Pool Gin Garden, designer, David Neale, has used this small, specially developed, lighting system from Plant-e, to convert organic matter from plant photosynthesis to successfully power these tiny LED lights.

Both designer, David Neale, and his sponsor, Silent Pool, are proud to be from Surrey, they love the Surrey Hills.  To reflect this, David Neale has planted Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’, named after Gertrude Jekyll’s home in Godalming, in Surrey, and naturally he’s planted, Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, a beautiful rose, named after the famous garden designer herself.

Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is an absolutely fabulous English Rose, which was bred by David Austin. These divinely fragrant rose-pink coloured blooms will enhance your garden and your life with their wonderful scent.

I love the fragrance of Philadelphus with its super sweetly perfumed flowers.  The Silent Pool Gin Garden features a number of fragrant plants, including Philadelphus, elderflower, and roses.  To see more photographs of the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

To see a second article I’ve written about this garden, with more information about the plants and technology in the Silent Pool Gin Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

To see photographs of the Silent Pool Gin Garden 2018 – the garden that David Neale designed and built at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, please click here.

To see photographs of a private Surrey garden that David Neale designed and built in 2013, please click here.

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden featured many edible plants. This is a living wall that’s planted with parsley, sage, and other herbs, alongside Viola tricolor, with its edible flowers.

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden was designed by Jody Lidgard, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and sponsored by Montessori Centre International.

The Montessori Children’s Garden celebrates 100 years of Montessori teaching.  Montessori is a child centred education method, based on scientific observations, which was developed by Maria Montessori.  This garden is designed as a nurturing garden for children.

Designer, Jody Lidgard, has chosen plants in contrasting blues, oranges, yellows, and purples, to create an uplifting, vibrant, and fun garden. Both adults and children will enjoy spending time in the Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden.
I loved the Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden! This garden featured two glasshouses. One of the glasshouses was sunk into the ground, it’s inspired by Walipini designs. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This garden features two glasshouses.  One of the glasshouses has been sunk into the landscape of the garden, using a method inspired by Walipini glasshouse design, meaning ‘place of warmth’.  By going deeper into the soil, it creates a stable environment, one that will be warmer in winter and without the dramatic scorching hot temperatures that above ground glasshouses experience in the summer time.  The second glasshouse is used for hydroponics: growing salads and micro vegetables for children’s meals.

Cavolo Nero Kale, pictured in The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden was planted with broad beans, Cavolo Nero kale, and lots of edible plants.

Water is a predominant aspect of this garden, there’s a wildlife pond and an irrigation system that links every part of the garden.  Plants have been used in a natural water filtration system, designed to encourage visitors to incorporate sustainable irrigation in their own gardens.

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden was full of cheerfully coloured plants. Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’ contrasts so beautifully against the yellow of Aquilegia ‘Lemon Queen’, and these lovely orange pom pom Dahlias. This garden was designed by Jody Lidgard, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

There are many messages visitors can take from the Montessori Children’s Garden, number one is: fun!  This garden helps children to discover how wonderful, interesting, and fun plants are.  Designer, Jody Lidgard, has incorporated carnivorous plants, aquatic plants, edible plants, mosses, there’s also a pretty, cutting garden, full of colourful annuals and plants to encourage wildlife.  This Space to Grow Garden is set to be a crowd pleaser!

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden was a really interesting and inspiring, uplifting garden. It would be wonderful to have a garden like this in every school.
The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden was designed by Jody Lidgard. The RHS judges awarded this Space to Grow Garden with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Trade Stands

Alitex Glasshouses

Visitors can explore Alitex Glasshouses, at the RHS Flower Shows. This glasshouse is pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Dalefoot Composts

Robin Mounsey, Pauline Lewington, and Simon Bland from Dalefoot Compost, pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Garden and Wood

Garden and Wood sell original and fully restored, antique and old gardening tools. This is the company’s stand, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Hartley Botanic Glasshouses

Visitors at Chelsea can see and test all kinds of gardening products. This is the Hartley Botanic Glasshouses stand, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Twool

Twool sell sustainable products made from Dartmoor wool, including garden twine, tree ties, rope bowls, hats and more!

Oxenwood Garden Furniture

Luxury furniture designer and manufacturer Oxenwood were exhibiting at Chelsea for the first time in 2019. 10% of all the company’s profits are donated to Breast Cancer Now, to help find a cure for breast cancer.

To head straight over to the second part of my review of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, where you’ll find more photographs of the other gardens and plants at the 2019 show, please click here.

Other articles that may interest you……………

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, please click here.

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