RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Part 1

Chelsea 2014 - The Telegraph Garden by Tomaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden by Tommaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

After watching the BBC coverage wistfully for the last few years, my Mum and I finally realised a little dream of ours this week and visited the The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It’s always a worry when you’ve built something up into being a Big Deal that it will somehow fall short of expectations but, despite the crowds, we had such a fun, inspiring day and came home buzzing with ideas for our own gardens, lists of plants to search out and a few thoughts as to how we might spend any future lottery win.

Whilst the TV coverage is great at showing you sweeping panoramic views of the gardens and providing interesting insights into the work of the designers and growers, what was brilliant about actually being there is having the time to take in all the detail: seeing the colours, textures and little touches close up gave real insight into what makes these gardens so beautiful.

Needless to say, I took a lot photos (many of which fall into the somewhat geeky ‘future reference’ category). Of those that are blog-worthy, here are some of my favourites from the Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and trade stands.

Show Gardens

Chelsea 2014 - M&G Garden by Cleve West The M&G Garden by Cleve West

Chelsea 2014 - The Telegraph Garden - Tomaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden by Tommaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

Chelsea 2014 - The Laurent-Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei The Laurent-Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei

Artisan Gardens

Chelsea 2014 - The Topiarist's Garden by Marylyn AbbottThe Topiarist’s Garden by Marylyn Abbott

Chelsea 2014 - The DialAFlight Potter's Garden by Nature Redesigned

Chelsea 2014 - The DialAFlight Potter's Garden by Nature Redesigned

Chelsea 2014 - The DialAFlight Potter's Garden by Nature RedesignedThe DialAFlight Potter’s Garden by Nature Redesigned

Trade Stands

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Alitex

Chelsea 2014 - Willie Wildlife SculpturesWillie Wildlife Sculptures

To avoid Chelsea-overload I’ll leave it there for now but I’ll be back soon with some of my highlights from the Great Pavilion.

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