The Chelsea Flower Show always rates top of any garden or flower lovers agenda and today I was lucky enough to be there on press day. Attending is prestigious enough, but being able to attend on press day is extra exciting as you get to wander around in a not-nearly-as-full show as it would be on the following public days. You also get to rub shoulders and get up really close to the designers and some celebrities.
This year did not disappoint, the gardens was spectacular. Planting seems to be quite loose and natural looking, using a lot of greens and foliage to create interesting areas. Key colours still seem to be blues and purple (a trend for a few years now). Nearly all the gardens had clear modern layouts with straight and angular pathways or divisions, opposed to winding country-style ones. Looking at these temporary gardens, it is easy to forget that they are not permanent structures, but temporary works of art, here only for one week.
Here are a few of the large Show Gardens that caught my eye:
Now, for a case of serious celebrity spotting, here are just a few well-know faces I have passed in the course of today.
All photos by Theoda Solms Iles
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