A trip to Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Part One

The team take a trip to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show…

Some of the team were lucky enough to visit Chelsea Flower Show this week. It was wonderful to see ‘gardening on the edge of wild’ so pervasive at Chelsea this year. There was so much to see and do that it’s impossible to share it all so in this blog, we’ve summed up some of our favourite gardens…

The Poetry Lover’s Garden

The Poetry Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

This beautifully designed and presented garden really communicated the feel of tranquillity using relaxed planting and the sound of water combined with formal structure and traditional materials.

Garden designer, Fiona Cadwallader, was inspired by the poem ‘This Lime Tree Bower My Prison’ written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

 The Poetry Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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Royal Bank of Canada Garden

 The Royal Bank of Canada Garden - Chelsea Flower Show 2017

This garden was inspired by the vast and ecologically vital boreal forest and freshwater lakes of Canada. The Garden celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the 10th year of the RBC Blue Water Project™

 The Royal Bank of Canada Garden - Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The garden was designed by Charlotte Harris and creates a space inspired by the landscape that stretches from Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador. A wilder garden folds around manmade elements crafted from materials evocative of the boreal forest.

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World of Horse Welfare Garden

 The World of Horse Welfare Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Probably one of the more thought-provoking garden designs by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith. The garden is inspired by the work of the World of Horse Welfare charity. This year sees the charity celebrating a 90-year legacy of helping horses around the world. It is a touching tribute to all the charity’s supporters over the years.

 The World of Horse Welfare Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The garden tells the story of a horse from a small, derelict stable in a dark corner of the garden that is nursed back to health with the care of the World of Horse Welfare team – now living in a bright, open meadow where he can thrive and continue his journey to rehoming.

A traditional wildflower garden surrounds a derelict, abandoned stable and the amazing horse show sculpture is constructed out of horseshoes from celebrity horses and from horses belonging to supporters of the charity.

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 The World of Horse Welfare Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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You might notice that there is definitely a wild and romantic edge to the planting in these gardens and we were delighted to see so many wildflowers in the show particularly as we are at the forefront of this style of gardening. Does this final picture look familiar? We included it so that you can see how similar our styles are…

Wildflower Planting