The highlight of the horticultural calendar, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show! Over the past three weeks, award winning garden designers from all over the world, together with their teams, made up of some of the best landscape architects, project managers, builders, technicians, horticulturalists, artists and crafts people, have been working solidly to transform the Royal Hospital’s grounds at Chelsea into an oasis of gardening ideas and inspiration!
At this time of year, I love to see the new rose buds developing on my favourite roses, as they burst into life and produce the first flowers of the year. At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I am always filled with excitement as I meet the new introductions from David Austin Roses for the first time!
The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society Judges at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat was designed by Adam Frost
The Garden was built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces
The Garden was sponsored by Homebase
I caught up with designer Adam Frost at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to find out more about the Gold Medal winning garden, The Homebase Garden – An Urban Retreat, Adam designed for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from The Royal Horticultural Society’s 2015 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show……….Fibrex Nurseries Harts Nursery Harperley Farm Hall Nurseries Derbyshire Bonsai Trewidden Nursery David Austin Roses Hampshire Carnivorous Plants The National Dahlia Collection Victorian Violas Roualeyn Fuchsias W. S. Warmenhoven Every Picture Tells A Story Hoyland Plant Centre Hewitt-Cooper Carnivorous Plants Brookfield Plants Blackmore & Langdon Southfield Nurseries Avon Bulbs Eagle Sweet Peas Vacherot & Lecoufle
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The Great Pavilion at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show extends to an area equal in size to three football pitches; during Chelsea week it’s filled with a glorious array of interesting, new, rare and beautiful plants and stunning floral exhibits created by top plant breeders, growers and nurseries. Here are some of the Gold Medal winning nurseries from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show:W & S Lockyer – Auriculas
Bill, Joan, and Simon Lockyer are specialist growers and breeders of Florist Auriculas.
There are many local plant sales, fetes and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free! Rare, hard to find and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs listed below. In this list I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens and much smaller plant sales organised by small local groups and everything in between!
Snowdrops are often offered for sale ‘in the green’, where the snowdrops are still flowering, or the flowers are just going over but the leaves are still fresh and green.
It’s really important to buy quality snowdrops from reputable suppliers, firstly to ensure that you receive the snowdrop variety that you’ve purchased, and secondly to ensure that you aren’t buying snowdrop bulbs that have been taken from the wild.