The Chelsea Flower Show is held within the garden grounds of the Royal Hospital and when you arrive the main gardens and grand pavilions are obvious and clear to see. There are so many gardens, shopping stalls and displays to see over a vast area, that it is very easy to miss the Artisan gardens. I always keep them for last as I find them absolutely mesmerising, almost like I have stepped into a magical woodland and came across these small beauties, hidden between the wood and moss. These gardens are small and finely detailed and each telling a great story.
Here are a few of my favourite Artisan gardens:
Inside the Grand Pavillion your senses get overloaded with masses of colourful blooms at their best. The scent of fresh flowers and soil gets mixed with heady floral scents as you pass various stands like hyacinths, strawberries or roses. These display stands showcase the best of the best, here, you will not find anything less than perfect. I am again amazed at how wonderful the planting is, how great the installations of the flowers are and of course I just love looking at the flower groupings together, they take my breath away.
Here are a few pictures to show:
For my South African friends, here is the Kirstenbosch display. It has just been announced that they won a Silver-Gilt Flora medal. Note the mosaic effect was made from the crown of Protea stems, used to form the picture of Madiba’s face. The display showed 4 different areas and it was beautifully done, very stylish indeed and drew plenty admirers.
Even if you can’t get to the Chelsea Flower Show but are still in London, it is worth going to Kings Road and soak up the atmosphere. You will see ladies dressing in floral prints, trendy men wearing pastel Bermuda shorts, the street cafe’s are overflowing and the buzz of the show takes over and is totally contagious. As Kings Road is also known for its excellent retail, the shops don’t hold back either but grab this opportunity to get in the spirit of the flower show. They create the most fabulous flower displays outside the storefronts with real flowers, they are amazing to see, so creative and inspiring.
Here are a few of my favourites:
All photos by Theoda Solms Iles