We love the Chelsea Flower Show. For SO MANY reasons!
For one, how fantastic is it to see joyous floral displays and an huge emphasis on gardening and nature in the mainstream press day after day?! It’s brilliant that so many public figures, including the Royal Family, get involved and show off their own interests and skills in the gardening world. London is always a great place to be in the sunshine – especially when adorned with flowers, so we love that everyone gets out and visits the displays of the Chelsea Flower Show.
The theme of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show was Greening Grey Britain, an initiative to encourage people to grow plants wherever possible in cities to improve environmental factors such as air quality and flood control, and to bring health and happiness to communities.
We’ve rounded up some highlights of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show:
The official RHS garden of the 2016 show was designed by Ann-Marie Powell and focused on this theme of Health, Happiness and Healing. The mission of her design was to provide inspiration for others to show that green spaces and spending time in the garden can be therapeutic. And we think she did a great job of achieving that.
Juliet Sargeant, the first female black designer in 103 years of Chelsea Flower Show won gold in the “RHS People’s Choice Award: Fresh Garden” category for her design “Modern Slavery”, an arrangement of florals and painted doors to represent people being held captive and forced to work in Britain. Congratulations to Juliet!
Didn’t make it to the show? Take a video tour of some of the top 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show winning gardens and meet the designers behind the scenes with these options:
Best Artisanal Garden – “Viking Cruises Mekong Garden” by Sarah Eberle
Best Show Garden – “The Telegraph Garden” by Andy Sturgeon
Best Fresh Garden – “The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi” by Gary Breeze & Martin Cook
And they called it poppy loooove…. An international project brought over 50,000 people together to hand-crochet over 300,000 crimson flowers to create a lush carpet in front of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea in honour of all who fought for Britain.
According to small space gardener and blogger Jack Wallington, some of the trends in the 2016 show were the colour orange, bronze, wild inspired gardens and freedom to experiment, which sounds fantastic to us.
One final fact for you: To date, over 15,000 photos have been shared on Instagram for #RHSChelsea, so that’s our evenings gone this week!
What was the highlight of the Chelsea Flower Show for you this year?