On the 23rd May 1916, the Rhododendron Society held their first AGM at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Since their first AGM, a hundred years have passed, during which time the Rhododendron Society has evolved, and its horticultural interests widened. It is now known as the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group (RCMG). To celebrate the Centenary, David Millais, the current Chairman of the RCMG, and owner of Millais Nurseries in Churt near Farnham (who is also the great nephew of J G Millais – one of the founder members of the Rhododendron Society), created a special exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to mark the occasion.
The Meningitis Now Futures Garden was designed by John Everiss and built by Peter Gregory Landscapes, Andrew Loudon and Chilstone. The RHS judges awarded the Meningitis Now Futures Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal. This Artisan Garden was voted the Best Artisan Garden, in the People’s Choice Awards, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Meningitis Now Futures Garden celebrates 30 years of the charity Meningitis Now, the garden is inspired by the spirit, energy and positivity of the young people whose lives have been changed by Meningitis.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year Award was first presented in 2010 to promote the continuing work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved new plants. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year Award celebrates and recognises the exciting and diverse range of new plants which are launched at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show each year.
The Telegraph Garden was designed by Andy Sturgeon and built by Crocus. The RHS judges presented The Telegraph Garden with a Gold Medal, and the coveted award of Best in Show.
Remembering the sense of awe and wonderment that he felt visiting The National History Museum, for the first time as a child, Andy Sturgeon has used his childhood memories as the inspiration for his design for The Telegraph Garden.
I so enjoyed catching up with Jonathan Hogarth, from Hogarth Hostas, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, where the RHS judges awarded the Hogarth Hostas exhibit a Silver-Gilt Medal.
PB: Hello Jonathan, your stand looks absolutely lovely, congratulations! I wondered if you have any tips that I could share with my readers for growing miniature Hostas?
HH: …You see, the more heat you put into a plant, it’ll look rubbish this year, but next year it’ll be twice the size.
The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden was sponsored by the Victoria Business Improvement District. This Fresh Garden was designed by Lee Bestall & Paul Robinson, and built by Jon Housley from JPH Landscapes. The RHS judges awarded The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden a Silver Medal, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Garden Bed – a partnership with Asda, was designed by Stephen Welch and Alison Doxey, the garden was built by Frosts Landscapes. The RHS judges awarded this Artisan Garden a Gold Medal, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
To celebrate their 50th birthdays, lifelong friends Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch decided to join forces to realise one of their dreams, and create an Artisan Garden together at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The L’Occitane Garden was designed by James Basson, and built by Peter Dowle. The RHS judges awarded the L’Occitane Garden a Gold Medal, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of beauty brand L’Occitane, garden designer James Basson, has looked back at the roots of L’Occitane, focussing on how and where the company was created. L’Occitane was started in 1976, in Haute Provence, when Oliver Baussan found an old steam distiller that had been discarded.
The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden was designed by Nick Bailey, the Head Gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and built by Gardenlink.
Nick Bailey’s design for The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden focuses on the mathematical patterns that appear in plants and in nature, underpinning our natural world – such as the Golden Ratio. These mathematical patterns are expressed throughout the garden’s structure, the layout of the planting, and the featured plants.
The Royal Bank of Canada Garden was designed by Hugo Bugg and built by Landscape Associates & Himalayan Landscaping.
In his design for The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, Hugo Bugg celebrates water, not just as a commodity, but as a sacred entity for the world to savour, respect, celebrate and rejoice in. Hugo was inspired by the plants growing in Dibeen, an endangered pine mediterranean habitat in Jordan.
The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi was designed by Martin Cook and Gary Breeze, and built by Chris Holland Landscapes. This Fresh Garden was sponsored by The Marble and Granite Centre Ltd. This is a thought provoking garden, a cube garden – a garden within a cube; one that you have to get up close to, then find a small opening in the cube, to look through, to be able to view the garden inside.
Cleve West designed The M&G Garden for The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The RHS judges awarded The M&G Garden a Gold Medal.
Swatton Landscape, who built The M&G Garden to Cleve’s design, were presented with The Best Construction Award. This is a brand new award, the only one of its kind; it was presented for the first time this year to recognise the importance and skill of the contractors who build the gardens at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Every year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, you’ll find a wealth of plant knowledge and expertise inside the Great Pavilion, where specialist nurseries, expert growers, and plants people, come together from all over the world, to showcase some of the special plants they grow and love.
Here’s a look at some of the nurseries and exhibits that were inside The Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016…….
The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital was designed by Chris Beardshaw. This garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. I caught up with Chris Beardshaw, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about this special garden.
Every year, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin Roses unveil their newest rose introductions, launching them for sale in The Grand Pavilion at the world’s most prestigious horticultural Show. This is an event I look forward to each year with great anticipation – I love roses, I get so much pleasure from seeing the new rose varieties for the first time, and discovering their fragrances.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show. 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 for the past three weeks to turn The Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into a sea of gardening ideas and innovation.