The 2015 RHS Chelsea flower show opens tomorrow, but today ahead of the crowds, Mark and I had a preview of the gardens on show.
Our first impression was that there is more variety in the garden styles this year. This has been an improvement from last year with more interest and each garden having something special to offer. Of the hundreds of photos we took today here are just a small sample to whet the appetite.
The Sculptors picnic garden is one of the artisan gardens, these re smaller than the main gardens, and often whimsical in style. This one really captured our imagination, with great planting, and many interesting details.
The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden is hard to capture in just one photo, the garden occupies a large triangular plot and is simply stunning. The garden is naturalistic in style and reminds us of Trebah gardens in Cornwall. The attention to detail is simply superb with a wild natural look that must have been very tricky to get just right. I can't imagine this will get anything less than a Gold Medal.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden uses slate to great effect covering walls and flooring throughout the garden. The planting looked a little rushed to me, as if it hadn't quite had enough time to bed in. This may have been down to the volume of hard landscaping, or perhaps the heavy rain this morning.
UK TV audiences will may have seen the Great Chelsea Garden Challenge on TV last week, winner Sean Murray's garden is a front garden with space for parking. A very good solution to a tricky problem that is increasingly seeing many gardens getting paved over.
From Singapore a taste of the tropics, The Hidden Beauty of Kranji is an explosion of colour and exotic plants. Very few would survive a British winter, but we enjoyed the design of this garden and the riot of tropicals was great to see.
The Time In Between by Husqvarna and Gardena was another favourite for us.
I was expecting more from The Beauty of Islam Garden, having travelled to Morocco and seen gardens in palace settings, we anticipated something with a more romantic twist. This felt rather sterile like a courtyard in 5 star hotel. A wasted opportunity perhaps.
Beyond our Borders by Apha represented the risk of pests and bugs being transmitted by modern horticulture.
One of the more surreal parts of the day, Miss Sweden 2012 stood in a pool of water in the World Vision Garden.
This pear wasn't part of display garden, but we did both agree it was a very fine pear.
Pure land foundation, large sinuous white flowing walls were the main feature, the plants seemed something of an after thought.
Chris Beardshaws Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden will be relocated to a housing development in Poplar East London after the show.
A large head and box balls, in another sales garden. Some of the sales pitches were interesting gardens in their own right.
Bank of Canada Garden.
|The Homebase Garden... a bit bland...|
|...and even more bland, The Telegraph Garden. Apparently inspired by Mondrian, but without the crisp lines or colour.|
All in all it was a good show, we had to dodge the showers in the morning, and didn't really have enough time in the grand pavilion. However plenty of variety this year, and a number of ideas that we may try and use in our garden.
More posts to follow in the next few days, but if you can't wait check out our Facebook Page for more photos.
Gaz and Mark