The RHS Chelsea Flower Show signals the start of summer. One blissful sun-drenched (hopefully!) week in late May that inspires us to get into our gardens and enjoy the great outdoors.
We’re delighted that the show is back after a few years of pandemic disruption and the displays on show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital are some of the best yet, despite reports of shortages of materials and plants.
Of the 25 show gardens our favourite has to be the Morris & Co. garden by Ruth Wilmott. The garden reimagines two of William Morris’s most iconic designs, Trellis and Willow Boughs. The stunning planting meanders around criss-crossing paths and water channels – garden goals right here!
This year’s Best in Show went to A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt. Although not the bookies favourite, we loved the babbling brook and wildflowers left to their own devices in a natural landscape.
A great addition to this year’s show has come from the main sponsors The Newt in Somerset, one of our favourite gardens and hotels not far from our new office. The Newt’s Fine Cyder is the official cyder of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and visitors have been enjoying tastings in the most beautiful stand complete with a display of trained apple trees designed by Andy ‘Apples’ Lewis, The Newt’s Specialist Fruit Grower.
Visitors without tickets can still enjoy the atmosphere of the Chelsea Flower Show in the surrounding streets and neighbourhoods. Chelsea and Belgravia in Bloom see most of the businesses fully embrace the floral theme. A highlight this year was the woodland garden created by Wiltshire Floral Designer Holly Gavin outside Fermoie’s shop in Pimlico.
Daylesford’s Pimlico café was transformed into a heavenly location for the launch of their collaboration with Colefax and Fowler, The Quince Garden Collection. Their stunning floral themed display was completed with a tented ceiling in their floral design.