The large Show Gardens are arguably the main stars of the Chelsea Flower Show. Okay I hear some grumbling out there that it should be the Floral Marquee exhibits but you can't deny that this is the main draw for a majority of those visiting the show, as well as those who keep an eye on the media coverage.
Medal results are out and there are loads of photos with long commentaries out there so I'll make this one simple. Without further ado here are some (or most) of them with a few simple commentaries from yours truly...
RBC Waterscape Garden designed by Hugo Bugg - Gold Medal
|We both loved this garden, with its beautiful planting and angular and architectural hard landscaping. The attention to detail was amazing and we weren't surprised at all that it won Gold.|
The Telegraph Garden designed by Tommaso Del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz - Gold Medal
|Nicely executed, and a garden that has also reminded us of Joe swift's Chelsea offering from last year|
Positively Stoke-on-Trent designed by City Council with Bartholomew Landscaping - Silver Gilt Medal
|I LOVE that floating walkway!|
No Man's Land designed by Charlotte Rowe - Gold Medal
|We liked it but definitely one of those gardens that you have to read the brief first in order to understand its elements and symbolism.|
|Jeremy Paxman reading a Poem by World War I poet Wilfred Owen|
Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden designed by David and Harry Rich - Silver Gilt Medal
|One of our favourites, nicely executed with superb hard landscaping and airy planting.|
Help for Heroes - Hope on the Horizon designed by Matt Keithley - Silver Gilt Medal
Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden designed by Andre Wilson and Gavin McWilliam - Silver Gilt Medal
|Perhaps it would have fared better if the back panels were taller?|
|A spot of Danger Garden!|
Alan Titchmarsh's Britain in Bloom Garden (RHS Special Garden hence not for medal contention)
|I liked it, in 'Groundforce Garden' sort of way...|
|The last show garden we've seen just before we were about to leave. BBC were busy filming then so alas I only took one photo.|
The Homebase Garden 'Time To Reflect' (Alzheimer's Society) designed by Adam Frost - Gold Medal
The M & G Garden designed by Cleve West - Gold Medal
|It didn't disappoint, again a garden that looked much better in real life than what was suggested in illustration.|
So there you go, the Show Gardens at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Up next will be the Fresh Garden and snap shots of the exhibitors at the Floral Marquee. Then afterwards 'regular programming' will resume.