RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 - The Fresh Gardens

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RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show-2012-Green-with...Flowerona If you read my flower-inspired blog Flowerona, you'll have seen my blog posts about this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including images of the Show Gardens and Artisan Gardens.

Today, I'm like to showcase a new category of gardens at the show called Fresh Gardens.

This category challenged designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that were experimental and less conventional in design than the traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

The Best Fresh Garden Award went to the design above and immediately below which was designed by Tony Smith for Easigrass.

Called Green with...it certainly was a talking point at the show, due to its use of artificial grass combined with orchids, tulips and ferns.

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Silver-gilt medals were awarded to the following gardens.  The first one is The Renault Garden, designed by James Basson.

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Followed by The Soft Machine designed by Tomaz Bavdez, who you can see on the right in the second image.

The garden was designed for processing and recycling waste, with the man on the exercise bike pumping waste water to the top of the living walls.

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Silver medals were awarded to the following two gardens.

I particularly loved the Rainbow Children's Hospice Garden designed by Chris Gutteridge, Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens), with its vibrant orange planting.

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A silver medal also went to The Bradstone Panache Garden below which was designed by Caroline E Butler.

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Bronze medals were awarded to the four Fresh gardens below.

The Climate Calm Garden was designed by Nicholas Dexter.

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Out of the Blue was designed by Alan Gardner. (I'm sure people often comment how apt his surname is...)

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Petra - Tranquillity in Stone was designed by Benjamin Wincott.

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The QR Code Garden was designed by Jade Goto.

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And finally in the Fresh Gardens category is Glamourlands, sponsored by The RHS and designed by Tony Heywood & Alison Condie.

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So, I hope you've enjoyed reading today's blog post.

Which one is your favourite garden?

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona, RHS)