The build up for Chelsea Flower Show 2012 started last week and it always creates a buzz in the horticultural and Garden Design world because it’s such a source of inspiration. I love to see how designers have used different materials in their show gardens, often in unique and exciting ways that haven’t been tried before.
Chelsea is the one show of the year that really pushes the design boundaries and if you’re visiting this year I’m sure you’ll be in for a real treat.
The show gardens of course demonstrate just what can be done with even the smallest space and although you may find it difficult to relate some of them to your own garden, there will be elements, planting combinations, materials and furniture that you love and want to take home.
This year the RHS have introduced a new ‘Fresh’ area that includes modern, inventive gardens and trade stands which will be offering ingenious new products.
The trade stands are a huge part of the show with exhibitors of furniture, garden art, garden rooms and other beautiful elements that you can use to style your garden.
Excitingly I was asked to design the show stand for English Garden Joinery, a bespoke garden joinery company that make anything from decking to gorgeous garden furniture and I’m really looking forward to being at the show throughout the week. Often it’s so difficult to fit everything into a day without collapsing in a heap afterwards!
Of course without the Grand Pavilion it just wouldn’t be the Chelsea Flower Show. This is the area where the growers and nurseries exhibit and many will be introducing new species of plants that they have bred and developed. Some of the displays are tremendous; especially the Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres stand which is always packed with amazing plants and trees.
As always, tickets for the show are sold out but all is not lost because there’ll be plenty of coverage on the BBC. Whilst I’m there I’ll be on the lookout for gorgeous garden elements that I can share with you in future posts.
If you are visiting the show then I may well see you there – I’ll certainly be on the English Garden Joinery stand at various times throughout the week so do pop along and say hello, I’d love to meet you!
(Photos: Lisa Cox)