RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 (part two)

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Welcome to the second part of my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  (If you missed the first part of my Chelsea overview, click here to see the first instalment.)

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show.  Held in the Royal Hospital’s grounds, at Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a great place to find inspiration and ideas for your home and garden.  You’ll find award winning garden designers creating gardens suited to different climates, styles, and landscapes.

Many of the gardens, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, celebrate the benefits of gardening, and the positive effects that spending time in gardens, has on our physical and emotional health and well-being.  HRH the Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with Designers, Andrée Davies and Adam White, to design the RHS Back to Nature Garden; a garden designed to encourage families’ physical and emotional well-being by spending time outdoors, together.  The RHS Back to Nature Garden is full of ideas to inspire outdoor play, and encourage nature into our gardens.  This garden’s design is focused on family gardening, it serves as a reminder of the importance of making memories with the ones you love.

Edible plants feature prominently at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.  Designer, Tom Dixon, reminds us of the importance and the joy of growing our own food in his design for the IKEA Garden. While designers, Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, demonstrate how plants can heal us, in their design for Kampo no Niwa, a garden created for a practitioner of Kampo – a form of Japanese herbal medicine.

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:

Mark Lane pictured interviewing Annie Godfrey, from Daisy Roots Nursery, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

If you’d like to see some of the plants that Anne grows for Daisy Roots Nursery, please click here.

Gerard Byrne is an artist who painted the Resilience Garden, which was designed by Sarah Eberle, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden

I so enjoyed exploring the RHS Back to Nature Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This year, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge has collaborated with Designers, Andrée Davies and Adam White, to design the RHS Back to Nature Garden.  This is a woodland garden, designed to motivate families to spend quality time together, to encourage them to play and learn together, to create memories, have fun, and connect with nature.

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge has collaborated with Designers, Andrée Davies and Adam White, to design the RHS Back to Nature Garden.  This is a woodland garden, designed to inspire families to spend quality time together in their gardens. The designers and the Duchess, all want to encourage families to play and learn, outside, together. The hope is that this garden will inspire people to create memories, have fun, and connect with nature.
This hollow log is the perfect hiding place for a game of hide and seek. Fallen trees and branches make perfect homes for insects and wildlife.
This is the tree house in the RHS Back to Nature Garden. Once you climb up the ladder, you reach a raised platform, which gives you a great view of the Royal Hospital’s grounds, at Chelsea. As pictured in the RHS Back to Nature Garden, which was designed by Andrée Davies, Adam White,, and the Duchess of Cambridge, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The RHS ran a competition to decide which NHS Trust would receive the garden.  The winner has been unveiled; the RHS Back to Nature Garden will be relocated to the Dewnans Centre, an NHS Mental Health Trust, in Dawlish.  You can see more photographs of the RHS Back to Nature Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, in this article I wrote about the garden.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden features woodland trees, ferns, and herbaceous perennials, including Forget-me-Nots and Geraniums.
A look at the waterfall in action, in the RHS Back to Nature Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Show Gardens

The Dubai Majlis Garden

A lovely Pomegranate tree, which was gnarled and full of character, was planted at the front of the Dubai Majlis Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Papaver rupifragum, low growing Sedums and Thymes, formed a colourful tapestries of carpet forming, ground cover plants, in the Dubai Majlis Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Dubai Majlis Garden was designed by Thomas Hoblyn, built by Landform Consultants, and sponsored by Dubai.

Designer Thomas Hoblyn has taken inspiration from the beauty of arid landscapes in his design for the Dubai Majlis Garden.  There’s a definite Middle Eastern feel to this show garden, with its curvaceous features, which have been created using traditional earth rendering techniques.

Artist, Michael Speller, created this sculpture, which he entitled, ‘Flow’, as seen in the Dubai Majlis Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The silvery lilac coloured flowers of Allium cristophii contrast with the sunshine orange blooms of Bulbine frutescens ‘Hallmark’, in the Dubai Majlis Garden. This show garden was designed by Thomas Hoblyn, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The zingy yellow circular flowers of Cotula hispanica, as pictured in the Dubai Majlis Garden. This show garden was designed by Thomas Hoblyn, and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Dubai Majlis Garden features many aromatic plants that are suited to growing in arid environments, including Myrtus communis (myrtle), Santolina, and Artemesia.  Thomas Hoblyn has planted a number of thymes and ground cover plants, which naturally hug the landscape as they grow.

The Dubai Majlis Garden featured plants that are suited to growing in dry arid regions, like Salvia aurea from South Africa, the soft, silver leaved Stachys byzantina, Artemisias, Euphorbia ‘Grey Hedgehog’, and many low growing, ground cover plants.
This is Isatis tinctoria, a dye plant with bright yellow coloured flowers, commonly known as woad, pictured with the sublime softness of Stipa tenuissima, the bee friendly umbels of Daucus carota, and the vivid red of Adonis annua ‘Scarlet Chalice’, in the Dubai Majlis Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Dubai Majlis Garden featured plants that were suited to growing in a dry, arid climate. This is the entrance to the garden’s arbour, which is made more welcoming thanks to this colourful planting, which featured: Nigella, Adonis annua ‘Scarlet Chalice’, Achillea tomentosa, and other plants popular with bees and other pollinating insects.
The Dubai Majlis Garden featured this specially designed, wooden arbour, which was created by Petter Southall. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The natural curve of sand dunes as they form inspired the design for this garden’s arbour.  There’s also an oasis like water feature, which sadly didn’t feature any plants.

The Dubai Majlis Garden featured this teardrop shaped water feature. The pond was left unplanted, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden

Designer Jonathan Snow has taken inspiration from the temperate rainforests of South America in his design for the Trailfinders Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The red bridge is a dominant feature of the garden, designed to highlight the green of the planting.

The Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden was designed by Jonathan Snow, built by Stewart Landscape Construction, and sponsored by Trailfinders.

The height difference, steep sloping sides, and water features in the Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden add a real sense of drama to this Show Garden.  The aim of this garden is to raise awareness of the fragile eco systems in latin America and this area’s rainforests, which are under constant threat from logging, deforestation, human expansion, farming, and other human activities.

Many of the plants seen in the Trailfinders garden are long time favourites grown in our own gardens, like the monkey puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana, Buddleja, and Lupins.

Designer, Jonathan Snow, used a number of air plants in his design for the Trailfinders Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Araucaria araucana, more commonly known as the monkey puzzle tree, pictured on the Trailfinders Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Buddleja globosa is a deciduous shrub adored by bees and butterflies. Mature Buddleja globosa specimens can grow to around 8m (26ft) tall and the same wide. You can contain this plant by pruning, but only to a certain extent, it’s always going to be a large plant of at least 3m (10ft) tall and the same wide.
Lupins were a popular plant at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. These pretty, Lilac flowered Lupins were pictured in the Trailfinders Garden, which was designed by Jonathan Snow, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Carol Kirkwood filming for the BBC Breakfast Show, in the Trailfinders Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The pillar-box red colour of the Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden’s bridge and viewing platform really stands out across the garden.  It’s such a prominent feature.  I think the designer chose this colour, so as to enhance the green of this lush, green garden.

Garden designer, Jonathan Snow, has taken inspiration from the rainforests of South America in his design for the Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden.  Many of the wild plants growing in this area of temperate rainforest can be grown successfully in our UK gardens.  Does this Show Garden inspire you to create a lush green, temperate rainforest of your own?

The Trailfinders Garden was designed by Jonathan Snow and built by Stewart Landscape Construction, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Warner’s Distillery Garden

Designer, Helen Elks-Smith, took inspiration from the importance of water in her design for the Warner’s Distillery Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Warner’s Distillery Garden was designed by Helen Elks-Smith, built by Bowles and Wyer, and sponsored by Warner’s Distillery Ltd.

Designer Helen Elks-Smith, has taken her inspiration from Falls Farm, the Northamptonshire base of Warner’s Distillery, for her design for Warner’s Distillery’s Chelsea garden.

The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright has also influenced Helen Elks-Smith’s design.  This garden’s design features display a horizontal bias that is somewhat of a tribute to ‘Fallingwater’, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed masterpiece.  The arbour’s cantilevered roof structure has been designed to collect rainwater, but as well as being functional, this retreat provides a place to stop and enjoy the garden.  Kiln-formed glass pieces, created by artist Wendy Newhofer, form the side panels that enclose this garden’s shelter.

The roof of the arbour in the Warner’s Distillery Garden is designed to collect rainwater. The water is not collected and then hidden away; instead collected water is celebrated and used as a feature of the garden.

Helen Elks-Smith’s design serves to remind us of the importance of capturing and using rainwater.  Water is a predominant feature of this garden, with lots of ideas and inspiration for visitors to take home with them.

Another copper lined water feature, pictured in the Warner’s Distillery Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The planting in the Warner’s Distillery Garden has a lovely textural feel, featuring Juniper (Juniperus communis) a distinctive evergreen, with its fine, pointed, needle like leaves.  One of the UK’s native trees, Juniper produces purple-blue edible berries, which are used to flavour gin, liquors, and sauces.  A number of bee friendly plants were included in the planting of this garden, including Cirsium rivulare, Verbascum, and Alliums.

Regal purple Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’, pictured on the Warner’s Distillery Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, pictured in the Warner’s Distillery Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Alliums mingle with wildflowers and grasses, on the Warner’s Distillery Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

I was thrilled to see native hedging being used in the Warner’s Distillery Garden.  A hedge is such a wonderful feature to include in the garden; planting a hedge is a great way to invite wildlife into your garden.  Hedgerows used to divide gardens and line roads and pathways, providing food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife.  Sadly, in recent years fences have replaced hedgerows, much to the detriment of both the look and feel or our landscape.

‘Curiosity’, Warner’s Distillery’s gin still is referenced in the garden, with copper and water becoming a recurring feature of the garden.

The Warner’s Distillery Garden features a terrace and seating area, with a bench style table for alfresco dining.

Gardening Will Save The World

The Gardening Will Save The World Garden has been created to demonstrate ideas for urban gardeners to grow food. Giving visitors ideas of how they can use the latest technologies to live and garden more sustainably.

Gardening Will Save The World was designed by Tom Dixon, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and sponsored by IKEA.

Gardening Will Save The World is a show garden with a difference, located away from the other gardens on Main Avenue – installed inside the Great  Pavilion.  Designer, Tom Dixon, demonstrates the achievable possibilities for growing edible plants in city spaces.  This garden shares the joy of growing your own food, encouraging us to take up a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle, to not only enhance our own lives, but to benefit the planet and the environment, as well.

This is the first show garden that Tom Dixon has designed. The RHS judges presented the Gardening Will Save The World Garden with a Silver Medal.

This show garden stretches up and out over a number of levels, allowing visitors the opportunity to engage with the plants that make up each of the different layers of planting.  Visitors have the chance to take in the various vistas that this garden presents as they explore.  On the lower level, edible plants are grown using high-tech growing techniques such as hydroponics and aeroponics, in a horticultural laboratory.

The Gardening Will Save The World show garden was away from the other show gardens, inside the Grand Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Grand Pavilion

Medwyn Williams

This amazing vegetable exhibit was created by Medwyn Williams and his wife Gwenda. Medwyn grew all of these vegetables in Wales. The RHS judges presented this exhibit with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Medwyn and Gwenda Williams are such a lovely couple, I always look forward to seeing them.  Medwyn is a member of the National Vegetable Society, he has done so much for the society, over a great many years.  To see my article about Medwyn and his success at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

Walkers Bulbs at Taylors

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 2019.
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 2019.

If you’re interested in daffodils, you might like to see some of the best performing daffodils from my Daffodil Trials.

West Country Lupins

I thought the West Country Lupins exhibit was phenomenal! The RHS judges awarded this stand with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Sarah Conibear of West Country Lupins, pictured with her Gold Medal winning Lupin exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Lupin ‘Salmon Star’, pictured on the West Country Lupins exhibit, inside the Grand Pavilion. The RHS judges awarded this stand a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Sarah Conibear from West Country Lupins, pictured conducting her choir of lupins, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
A closer look at the West Country Lupins exhibit, inside the Grand Pavilion. The RHS judges awarded this stand with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Lupin ‘Persian Slipper’, pictured on the West Country Lupins exhibit, inside the Grand Pavilion. The RHS judges awarded this stand a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Lupin ‘Salmon Star’, pictured on the West Country Lupins exhibit, inside the Grand Pavilion. The RHS judges awarded this stand a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Millais Nurseries

Visitors admiring Millais Nurseries’ Rhododendron and Azalea exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
A closer look at Millais Nurseries exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Rhododendrons are such glamorous flowers, full of exuberance and joy in late spring.
Millais Nurseries grow a vast number of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, they have one of the largest collections of these plants. This rather splendid looking, pale pink Rhododendron with these very attractive flower markings is Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’. Pictured on Millais Nurseries award winning exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
This is Rhododendron ‘Jessica de Rothschild’, a new introduction, launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. This plant was produced by Exbury Gardens, Rhododendron ‘Jessica de Rothschild’ has now been made available to the public by Millais Nurseries, who have propagated plants for their customers. Rhododendron ‘Jessica de Rothschild’ is pictured on Millais Nurseries’ exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Millais Nurseries’ Rhododendron and Azalea exhibit celebrates the anniversary of Exbury Gardens. It’s 100 years since Lionel de Rothschild founded Exbury Gardens, a 200-acre woodland garden in the New Forest. Exbury Gardens are considered to be one of the finest gardens in the UK.
These fabulous Rhododendrons were all grown by David Millais and his team at Millais Nurseries, in Farnham, in Surrey. This is Rhododendron ‘Horizon Monarch’ and Rhododendron ‘Snow Fire’.
This is David Millais, from Millais Nurseries with his Silver-Gilt Medal winning display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Millais Nurseries’ Rhododendron and Azalea exhibit celebrates the anniversary of Exbury Gardens. It’s 100 years since Lionel de Rothschild founded Exbury Gardens, a 200-acre woodland garden in the New Forest. Exbury Gardens are considered to be one of the finest gardens in the UK.
Rhododendron ‘Purple Passion’, pictured on Millais Nurseries Rhododendron and Azalea exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

You can see more photographs of Millais Nurseries exhibit, and find out about the two new Rhododendrons that they launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, in this article I wrote about Millais Nurseries.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the new plants that were launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, you might enjoy reading the article I wrote about the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019 Competition.

Pennard Plants

Visiting Pennard Plants’ exhibit is always one of the highlights of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This area of Pennard Plants’ exhibit shows some of the herbs the company offer seed for.
Broad bean ‘Bunyard’s Exhibition’ and runner bean ‘Painted Lady’, pictured on the Pennard Plant’s exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Pennard Plants’ exhibit shows a reimagining of a typical wartime garden, from 1939. Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 could see celery, peas, broad beans, tomatoes, salads, and herbs, all growing on Pennard Plants’ exhibit.
This is Tomato ‘Cocktail Crush’, as pictured on Pennard Plants’ exhibit, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Pennard Plants launched a new tomato at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.  This is Tomato ‘Cocktail Crush’.  I grew this tomato, from seed, last year, for my Tomato Trial, you can discover how productive my ‘Cocktail Crush’ tomato plants were in this article I wrote about the trial.

Space to Grow Gardens

Best Space to Grow Garden and Best Construction Award

Facebook: Beyond the Screen

This is the Facebook Garden Beyond the Screen Garden. This space to Grow Garden was designed by Joe Perkins and built by the Outdoor Room, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges presented this Space to Grow Garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious titles of Best Construction Award and Best in Show Award.
Joe Perkins pictured in the Facebook Garden he designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges presented this Space to Grow Garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious titles of Best Construction Award and Best in Show Award.

Facebook: Beyond the Screen was designed by Joe Perkins, built by The Outdoor Room, and sponsored by Facebook.

Designer, Joe Perkins, has taken inspiration from his experience of the positive connections that are made possible through social media to connect those with similar opinions and enhance the life of a local and global community.  To show this, Joe has chosen plants that grow in similar conditions – the same range of temperatures and same quantity of rainfall – but the plants that this designer has chosen for the Facebook Garden, originate from different coastal locations, around the world.

A closer look at the deck and seating area of the Facebook Garden Beyond the Screen. This space to Grow Garden was designed by Joe Perkins and built by the Outdoor Room, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges presented this Space to Grow Garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious titles of Best Construction Award and Best in Show Award.
Just outside the Facebook Garden was this specially created tree. This feature was designed for visitors to write their gardening pearls of wisdom on these copper disks. The organisers then shared the visitors’ advice with other gardeners, via social media.
This is the Facebook Garden Beyond the Screen Garden. This space to Grow Garden was designed by Joe Perkins and built by the Outdoor Room, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges presented this Space to Grow Garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious titles of Best Construction Award and Best in Show Award.

Kampo no Niwa

This is Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, together they designed the Kampo no Niwa Garden. The RHS judges awarded the Kampo no Niwa Garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Kampo no Niwa was designed by Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, built by Tatsuya Shirai, Otis Landscape Associates, Harrison Landscapes, Kawai & Co Ltd, and sponsored by Kampo no Niwa 300 sponsors.

This Space to Grow Garden was designed for a practitioner of Kampo – a form of traditional Japanese herbal medicine.  The practice helps to balance body and mind to restore good health.  Accordingly, this garden features edible, healing plants that have the power to heal, soothe, and calm the body.

This is Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, together they designed the Kampo no Niwa Garden. The RHS judges awarded the Kampo no Niwa Garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

This garden’s designers, Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato are from Hokkaido, in northern Japan.  This area has long, cold winters, so the springtime sound of the snow and ice of the snow capped mountains’ ice melting is celebrated.  The designers have been inspired by the sound of melting ice caps, they have used their memories of this annual event to fine tune the rill and water feature in the Kamp no Niwa Garden, with the aim of recreating the welcome sound of the springtime ice melt.

Pretty Valeriana officinalis growing in the Kampo no Niha Space to Grow Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. This is a great plant with these lovely tall, 1.5m (5ft) flowers for bees and hoverflies, it also has medical properties.
The Kampo no Niwa Garden features a rill that transports water around the garden. This water feature represents the mineral rich water from the snow on the mountains in Hokkaido; the snow melts and runs down into the valley, bringing minerals from the soil on the mountains with it. The RHS judges awarded the Kampo no Niwa Garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Many of the plants you see planted in the Kampo no Niwa Garden are grown in Hokkaido.  The overall effect of the garden’s planting is one of green, of health and vitality, with different leaf forms providing texture and interest.  The designers hope to convey the message that plants have the power to help people to be healthy and happy.

The Kampo no Niwa Garden featured many plants we use in our gardens. Most of us don’t realise that these plants have medical properties and are used by Kampo practitioners. Pictured are Hostas, Iris, and ferns, planted alongside a rill in the Kampo no Niwa Garden.
This is Mentha canadensis var. piperascens, also known as Japanese mint, pictured in the Kampo no Niwa Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Perilla, fennel, and Viola tricolor, pictured in the Kampo no Niwa Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Perilla is used in a fresh tasting tea by Kampo practitioners.

One of the lovely things about the Kampo no Niwa Garden, is that this venture was crowdfunded by 300 people – including both individual contributors from Japan, support from the designer’s local companies, as well as those further afield.  Every supporter contributed over £100, to enable the designers to fulfil their dream of building this garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

NB. Please consult a qualified doctor or Kampo practitioner before attempting to treat any medical conditions yourself.

This is Kazuto Kashiwakura and Miki Sato, they designed the Kampo no Niwa Garden, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The RHS judges awarded the Kampo no Niwa Garden a Gold Medal.

The Harmonious Garden of Life

Arit Anderson filming for the BBC in the Harmonious Garden of Life, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Laurélie de la Salle, and sponsored by Robert and Sue Cawthorn.

The Harmonious Garden of Life was designed by Laurélie de la Salle, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and sponsored by Mr Robert Cawthorn and Mrs Sue Cawthorn.

Arit Anderson filming for the BBC in the Harmonious Garden of Life, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Laurélie de la Salle, to highlight ways that gardeners can create more sustainable gardens.

The Harmonious Garden of Life has been designed to promote sustainability and positive interaction.

This garden’s pergola features a swing, which is connected to the garden’s pond – the action of a person swinging back and forward on a swing activates a pump which pumps water onto the aquatic plants, growing in a filtration area of the garden.  The idea is that the plants filter the water and it runs back into the pond again.

The Harmonious Garden of Life was designed as part of a wish to create a more balanced world. A world where we are mindful and considered of animals and other creatures, as well as being mindful of our resources and energy. This message isin’t instantly obvious when you view the garden, it’s only by taking time to look more closely that you realise that this garden features a swing which is connected to the pond. As you operate the swing, the energy from the swinging motion is used to generate a pump to pump water over the plants to filter the water, cleaning it naturally. This Space to Grow Garden was created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Harmonious Garden of Life features plants that improve our environment, from plants like Hedera (ivy) that clean pollutants from the air, while bamboo takes in high amounts of carbon dioxide.  Designer, Laurélie de la Salle, has used plants that can be grown successfully without the need for frequent watering.  In a bid to further conserve resources, Laurélie de la Salle has also included clover, which enriches the soil it’s grown in.

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden features these lovely silver birch trees, as well as an unusual red birch – Betula pubescens f. rubra.

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden was designed by Taina Suonio, built by Conquest Creative Spaces, and sponsored by Kyrö Distillery Company Ltd.

Designer, Taina Suonio, has taken inspiration from the Finnish countryside for her design for the Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden.  Created as an urban garden, designed to bring some delights from the country, to those living in the city centre; this garden features many plants that are often seen growing in Finnish Gardens, including Convallaria majalis, the National Flower of Finland.

Designer, Taina Suonio, has taken inspiration from the Finnish countryside for her design for the Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden.

Finnish granite is a predominant feature of this garden, the floor in the sunken garden, the paving seen on the pathway, and the benches, are all comprised from Finnish granite.

Foxgloves were a popular plant at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designer, Taina Suonio has used these pretty, white foxgloves with Salvias, and other herbaceous perennials, to create a meadow style herbaceous border in the Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Betula pubescens f. rubra, an unusual form of silver birch that produces dark maroon coloured leaves features within this garden.  Other notable plants include, Juniperus communis, an important ingredient in gin, which is used by the sponsor, Kyrö,  in their gin production.  While Rosa pimpinellifolia ‘Plena’, a popular rose, frequently planted in the gardens of Finnish country houses is also featured.

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden features prominent planting of peonies and foxgloves, giving the garden a slightly overgrown look.

Viking Cruises: The Art of Viking Garden

The Art of Viking Garden is full of lots of great ideas for small gardens, or super ideas for small areas of large gardens! This log store wall is absolutely fabulous! If you have an open fire, this is a beautiful way to store your firewood, but the logs are a beautiful feature in their own right. The gaps between the logs provide the perfect spaces for frogs, toads, and insects to take shelter.

The Art of Viking Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, built by Big Fish Landscapes, and sponsored by Viking Cruises.

Designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes, has set out to create an original, engaging space, that’s inspired by art.  To create his design, Paul has taken inspiration from Norwegian artist, Jakob Weidermann’s painting, entitled, ‘Impressions on Nature’.  Much of this garden’s features and design are centred on art.  Cube sculptures, created by Paul Hervey-Brookes, are said to represent travel and new ideas.

Designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes has been inspired by the Norwegian art featured on Viking Cruise ships, in his design for the Art of Viking Garden. I love the softness that Valerian and Angelica archangelica bring to this garden.

Multi-stemmed silver birch trees, the hedging, lovely log store wall, and Salix purpurea ‘Nancy Saunders’ provide a feeling of seclusion, in this water themed garden.  While Angelica archangelica adds freshness to this contemporary garden.  Designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes, has created a water meadow, patio garden for Viking Cruises – I like it!

A closer look at the beautiful multi stemmed Betula nigra trees in the Art of Viking Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Art of Viking Garden features a pond. The blue pattern on the patio is said to represent water – a vital part of Viking Cruises’ world. If this was my garden, I would have left the patio unpainted.
A closer look at the beautiful peeling bark of Betula nigra. The Art of Viking Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by Big Fish Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Manchester Garden

The designer of the Manchester Garden has included: Morus alba, Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis, Platanus x acerifolia, and Zelkova serrata, as these trees have all been shown to be ideally suited to growing in the climate found in Manchester now.
However, these trees have all been deemed to be adaptable enough to cope with the expected changes in the weather brought about by climate change, in the future.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides stands tall at the entrance to the Manchester Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Valeriana officinalis pictured mingling with Iris in The Manchester Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Manchester Garden was designed by Exterior Architecture, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and sponsored by Marketing Manchester.

The Manchester Garden has been created to raise awareness of the possibilities for our city centres, demonstrating how our urban environments can be improved and enhanced by the transformative effects and clever use of plants.

Exterior Architecture, the designers of the Manchester Garden, aim to demonstrate the beneficial effects that parks have on our well being and on the economy. The Manchester Garden features a pond, designed to encourage visitors to think about their water use and find ways to use water wisely in the garden. The weather was overcast and dull while I visited this garden, but Valerian, Iris, Camassia, Rodgersia, and Euphorbia flowers, llifted the grey of the day. Pictured in the Manchester Garden. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Exterior Architecture, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
A medley of Valerian, Iris, Camassia, Rodgersia, and Euphorbia flowers, pictured in the Manchester Garden. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Exterior Architecture, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Manchester Garden’s Designers, Exterior Architecture, want to challenge some of the pre-held concepts of Manchester and raise awareness of the city and all it offers.  Designed to highlight the regeneration of Greater Manchester, by publicising the reinvention of this area, this garden also raises awareness of the possibilities of greening city centres and the importance of urban green infrastructure in our towns and cities.

The RHS judges presented the Manchester Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Iris flowers, pictured in the Manchester Garden. This Space to Grow Garden was designed by Exterior Architecture, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The ten trees in this garden represent the ten boroughs of Manchester.  The designers have chosen to plant Pinus sylvestris, Metasequoia, Platanus x hispanica, Corylus colurna, and Sorbus aucuparia.  These trees have been chosen as they’re resilient plants, which are thought to be able to cope with the potential changes brought about by climate change.

Chives and poppies, pictured together in the Manchester Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

After the RHS Chelsea Flower Show closes, the plants and features in this garden will be relocated to Greater Manchester, where it’s hoped that some of these plants will be planted in each of the ten boroughs.

The Manchester Garden has been created to raise awareness of the possibilities for our city centres, demonstrating how our urban environments can be improved and enhanced by the transformative effects and clever use of plants. 

Artisan Gardens

Best Artisan Garden

Family Monsters Garden

The Family Monsters Garden was designed by Alistair Bayford and sponsored by Idverde and Family Action. The RHS judges awarded this garden with a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Artisan Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Family Monsters Garden was designed by Alistair Bayford, built by Idverde, and sponsored by Idverde and Family Action.

Plants and nature have such a positive, calming, and soothing effects that plants have on our mental health and well being.  This artisan garden serves to remind us that we all need to spend time outdoors.

Designer, Alistair Bayford, has been invited to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Family Action – a charity that helps families by providing practical, emotional, and financial support, and the 100th anniversary of Idverde – a European company that provides landscape construction projects and grounds maintenance work, in his design for the Family Monsters Garden.  This artisan garden is set to highlight the strains that families experience, reminding us that life isn’t perfect and we all have our challenges to face.

Designer, Alistair Bayford, created his design for the Family Monsters’ Garden to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Family Action – a charity that helps families by providing practical, emotional, and financial support, and the 100th anniversary of Idverde – a European company that provides landscape construction projects and grounds maintenance work.

Designer, Alistair Bayford, reminds us of the importance of plants and nature and the positive, calming, and soothing effects that plants have on our mental health and well being.  This artisan garden serves to remind us that we all need to spend time outdoors, and a garden is a calm and nurturing place where we can enjoy gardening, watching the bonds between our plants and families grow, as we spend time together and nurture each other.

The Family Monsters Garden serves to remind us that we all need to spend time outdoors, and a garden is a calm and nurturing place where we can spend time together and nurture each other.

People’s Choice Award

The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter

The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter Garden was designed by Christina Williams and Annie Prebensen. This Artisan Garden was built by Frogheath Landscapes and sponsored by the Donkey Sanctuary. This garden was voted the winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the best Artisan Garden. While the RHS judges presented the Donkeys Matter Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter Garden features a Pinus parviflora tree, it’s surrounded by bearded irises and other plants suited to growing in dry arid landscapes. This Artisan Garden was built by Frogheath Landscapes and sponsored by the Donkey Sanctuary. This garden was voted the winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the best Artisan Garden. While the RHS judges presented the Donkeys Matter Garden with a Silver Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Donkeys Matter was designed by Christina Williams and Annie Prebensen, built by Frogheath Landscapes, and sponsored by the Donkey Sanctuary.

Designer, Christina Williams, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Donkey Sanctuary, in her design for the Donkeys Matter Garden.  This artisan garden highlights the ways in which donkeys help people in some of the poorest communities.  Donkeys carry water, food, and materials, helping their owners while negotiating roads that are inaccessible to vehicles.

Artemisia stelleriana ‘Boughton Silver’, Pelargoniums, and Alchemilla erythropoda, pictured in the Donkeys Matter Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The planting in this garden has been designed to reflect the Mediterranean areas where donkeys live and work.  So we see plants that are suited to growing in a drier, more arid landscape, such as lavenders, cypresses, and pines.

Geraniums growing in the Donkeys Matter Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Iris glowing in the sunshine on the Donkeys Matter Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. How Green Nursery supplied the plants for this Artisan Garden.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden featured this large, specimen pine tree. Taxus baccata, Geums, Primula, and Foxgloves, also featured in Walkers’ Nurseries Artisan Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden was designed by Graham Bodle and built by Walkers’ Nurseries.

Designer, Graham Bodle, has taken inspiration from the quarry at Walkers’ Nurseries, in his design for the Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden.  A reused inspection tower is a predominant feature, standing tall, stretching up above the textural pine trees planted in the garden.  The other industrial features in this garden have been collected from quarries, with many items being well weathered or rusted, by their years discarded outdoors.

A rustic sculpture, pictured in the Walkers’ Nurseries Forgotten Quarry Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Walkers’ Nurseries Garden even had its own stove! Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is a great plant to grow for bees and pollinating insects. Pictured in the Walkers’ Nurseries Forgotten Quarry Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Designer Graham Bodle was inspired by a disused quarry being reclaimed by plants and nature, in his design for the Walkers’ Nurseries Forgotten Quarry Garden. Rust features predominantly in this garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden reminds us how powerful nature can be, as nature reclaims the forgotten industrial areas of our landscape.  While a wildlife pond reminds us of the importance of nature and wildlife.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden

Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden featured raised beds made using hand crafted woven willow edging and a curved stone wall, alongside a hand made arbour, to highlight the artisan skills taught at Kingston Maurward College. This garden featured lots of striking, contrasting planting.

The Kingston Maurward Garden was designed by Michelle Brown and sponsored by Miles Stone.

Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden featured lots of contrasting plants, like this combination of a dark leaved plant being placed next to a vivid yellow, strap leaved plant. Pictured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
More contrasting planting: Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ and Ajuga reptans, pictured on the Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Celebrating 70 years of land based education at Kingston Maurward College, the Kingston Maurward Garden highlights some of the various expertise taught at the college with bespoke features constructed from techniques taught at the college.  Purbeck stone collected near Kingston Maurward College is used to reflect the college’s local area.  While modern and traditional techniques are used to show the different styles that can be achieved.

Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden featured raised beds made using hand crafted woven willow edging, to highlight the artisan skills taught at Kingston Maurward College. This pretty raised bed was planted with chives (Allium schoenoprasum), thyme, and other herbs. This Artisan Garden was designed by Michelle Brown. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
This water feature in the Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden, is made from a hand made metal basin to highlight the skills that can be learnt at Kingston Maurward College.

The prominent feature in the Kingston Maurward Garden is the bespoke cupula, which adds a romantic beauty to the garden.  This artisan garden is sure to inspire the next generation of land-based professionals.

Miles Stone: The Kingston Maurward Garden featured raised beds made using hand crafted woven willow edging, to highlight the artisan skills taught at Kingston Maurward College. This pretty raised bed was planted with chives (Allium schoenoprasum), thyme, and other herbs. This Artisan Garden was designed by Michelle Brown. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Green Switch

I always look forward to seeing designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara’s creations at Chelsea. This year he has created another wonderful garden. Green Switch is a beautifully tranquil, soul soothing garden, designed to relax and refresh anyone who spends time here, either in the house or in the garden.
Enkianthus, Pines, Pieris, and Acers add colour and texture to Kazuyuki Ishihara’s Green Switch Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Green Switch was designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara, built by the Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory and sponsored by Cat’s Co. Ltd. 

I always look forward to seeing designer Kazuyuki Ishihara’s Chelsea gardens; his delightful combinations of Acers, moss, and water are always inspired.  Kazuyuki Ishihara’s latest design recognises the stresses and strains of modern day, city life.  The designer acknowledges our need for time to relax and unwind, highlighting the importance of spending time with plants and nature to restore our own mental and emotional well-being.

A magnificent Pinus specimen adds beauty and texture to Green Switch, an Artisan Garden, created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Kazuyuki Ishihara is a popular designer, so he was busy posing for lots of photographs, at Chelsea!
I managed to get a photograph of designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara in Green Switch, the garden he designed for the Chelsea Flower Show 2019!
Velvety moss, pictured in the Green Switch Garden that Kazuyuki Ishihara designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Green Fingered George is the Royal Horticultural Society’s Young Ambassador. George writes for his own blog. He works to inspire other children to try growing plants and to encourage birds and wildlife to their gardens.

Green Switch is a design for city living.  This Azumaya, or garden house, is the modern dream!  This home features a pond and waterfall, a tea room that over looks the garden, the all important parking space, and a sedum covered green roof.  There’s a lot of glass in this abode, to bring the view of the garden as the most prominent feature inside the home.  There’s even a glass shower, so the resident can feel at one with the plants outside, whilst bathing.

Gnarled Pines form interesting, sculptural shapes in Kazuyuki Ishihara’s Green Switch Garden. This is an urban inspired garden, created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The RHS Young Ambassador, Green Fingered George, pictured exploring the Green Switch Garden, which was designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Colourful Acers with handsome leaves in tones of green, orange, and red, really make this attractive, modern garden.  There are two waterfalls and a pond, where watercress is growing, alongside iris, and mosses.

Green Switch is a tremendously soothing garden. Designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara has placed this stone lined pond in a prominent position within the garden. Siberian Irises add silky smooth highlights, while Acers, Pines and Enkianthus add colour and texture. The moss adds a velvety soft finish. I loved this garden, so did the RHS judges, they awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
A closer look at the green walls in Green Switch, the Kazuyuki Ishihara designed Artisan Garden, created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The High Maintenance Garden for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

The idea for this garden is that it belongs to someone with Motor Neurone Disease, who is now unable to drive their car or tend their garden. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The High Maintenance Garden for the Motor Neurone Disease Association was designed by Sue Hayward, built by Soar Valley Services Ltd. and sponsored by the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The High Maintenance Garden for Motor Neurone Disease Association was designed by Sue Hayward and built by Conway Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Pretty red roses grow around the door in the High Maintenance Garden for Motor Neurone Disease Association, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

The High Maintenance Garden has been created to raise awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  This artisan garden highlights the effects of this destructive disease, which leaves its sufferers trapped, with their minds active and fully functioning, but their bodies unable to complete their requests.

The High Maintenance Garden shows a car left unused in the garage, as the garden’s imagined owner, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, wasn’t able to enjoy the retirement they saved and planned for.  This garden is slowly being returned to the wild, as nature and plants take over the once tended space.

Pretty red roses grow around the door in the High Maintenance Garden for Motor Neurone Disease Association, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
The High Maintenance Garden for Motor Neurone Disease Association was designed by Sue Hayward and built by Conway Landscapes, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Other articles that might interest you…………

To see the first part of my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

To find out about Mark Gregory’s Chelsea garden that was inspired by the Huddersfield narrow canal, please click here.

To see the top twenty shortlisted plants, including the finalists and the winner of the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2019 Competition, please click here.

To see the new roses launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

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