From May 22-26, 157000 visitors descended upon Chelsea as 11 acres of ground was transformed by 500 exhibitors, 16 show gardens, and the Great Pavilion. Yes, the Queen popped by for a visit and the photographers from Vogue ventured into the arena… but our interest was in the plants on display. Here are a few highlights from our visit:
- The Great Pavilion was somewhere to escape the blinding sun and have a peek at the RHS Plant of the Year 2012: Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’. This exotic looking foxglove was achieved by the clever chaps at Thompson & Morgan who crossed Digitalis canariensis with Digitalis purpurea.
- Next on our list was Hillier Nurseries with their record 67th consecutive gold medal win. Their Diamond Jubilee tribute ‘Duel and the Crown’ featured a fencing display, as well as a debut of Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’.
- Moving on to the show gardens, we stopped by Nigel Dunnett’s silver gilt RBC Blue Water Garden and admired the Orlaya grandiflora, Deschampsia cespitosa ’Garnet Schist’, Melanoselinum decipiens, Lilium martagon, Penstemon ‘Heavenly Blue’, and Thalictrum ‘Elin’.
- Battling our way through a throng of wide-brimmed hats nursing Pimm’s, we discovered the beautiful L’Occitane Immortelle Garden. Designed by Peter Dowle, this gold medal garden recreated the wild Corsican Maquis. Helichrysum italicum was the star player of this scene.
- Finally, the much-hyped silver gilt Westland Magical Garden by Diarmuid Gavin deserves a mention simply because it contained a slide within its enormous pyramid-shaped structure. Multi-level planting boxes linked the seven platforms together.
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Last week Timber Press shared a stand with the Alpine Garden Society at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It was great to chat with enthusiastic gardeners and plant lovers and tell them all about our books – and be surrounded by lovely alpine plants. What a buzz this event has!
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The RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and The Landscape Agency has won a Silver Gilt at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As many of you will know, Nigel is the co-author of popular book Rain Gardens. Congratulations, Nigel!
His garden is a modern interpretation of a traditional paradise garden and explores the concept of rainwater management by showing how sustainable concepts and biodiversity can form the basis for the design of even the most formal gardens. Featuring Turk’s Cap lilies, this garden is certainly one to look out for if you’re planning a visit this week.
To view “before” and “after” pictures of the garden, click here for a link to the RHS website.
*image ©Paul Debois (for Gardening Which? magazine)