Top Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show ’14

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:

The M&G garden designed by Clive West

The M&G garden designed by Clive West

The M&G garden designed by Clive West - detail

The M&G garden designed by Clive West – detail

The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes

The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes

The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, detail

The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, detail

The Telegraph Garden designed by del Buono Gazerwits

The Telegraph Garden designed by del Buono Gazerwits

The Telegraph Garden designed by del Buono Gazerwits, detail

The Telegraph Garden designed by del Buono Gazerwits, detail

Laurent-Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei

Laurent-Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei

Laurent-Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei, detail

Laurent-Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei, detail

Homebase garden designed by Adam Frost

Homebase garden designed by Adam Frost

Homebase garden designed by Adam Frost, detail

Homebase garden designed by Adam Frost, detail

Now, for a case of serious celebrity spotting, here are just a few well-know faces I have passed in the course of today.

Twiggy, model and icon

Twiggy, model and icon

Jerry Hall, model

Jerry Hall, model

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, gardener, presenter, author

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, gardener, presenter, author

Rowan Atkinson, actor

Rowan Atkinson, CBE, actor, screenwriter

Jennifer Saunders, actress, screenwriter

Jennifer Saunders, actress, screenwriter

Rob Brydon, actor, presenter

Rob Brydon, actor, presenter

Ben Fogle, presenter, adventurer, author

Ben Fogle, presenter, adventurer, author

Cerys Matthews, singer, presenter, author

Cerys Matthews, singer, presenter, author

All photos by Theoda Solms Iles

View and opinions are my own.

8 thoughts on “Top Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show ’14

    • Dankie! I’m just as excited to have been there again this year. South Africans, keep watching, I’ll be show the SA garden later in the week.
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  1. Thank you for sharing it with us, here on the Southern Tip of Africa! Maybe some day we will be able to experience it ourselves! Lovely!

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