Chelsea Flower Show 2019

As May drew to a close, we made our annual visit to SW3 for the spectacular Chelsea Flower Show. This year we took the chance to extend our Bank Holiday weekend, visiting the show on the Friday. If you’re planning on visiting next year, our advice is get there early. We arrived just after opening, and had plenty of time to explore the beautiful Artisan Gardens, and marvel at the mastery of the main avenue show gardens before the pre-lunch bunfight.

Each garden works to a particular brief which the designer submits to the RHS team months prior to the event. Show gardens are judged in their relationship with that brief and scrutinised to the very last detail – this is design at the very top level. No stone un-turned and meticulously planned. The results are beautiful. We were particularly taken with the elegance of Jo Thompson’s ‘Wedgewood Garden’, Chris Beardshaw’s ‘Sustainable Garden’ and must admit we were blown away by the character and charm of this year’s welcome to Yorkshire Garden by Mark Gregory.

It’s not all about the show gardens though, and the Pavilion and trade areas this year did not disappoint. As you approach the doors of main pavilion you’re immediately struck by the smell of what’s coming. So many varieties in such a confined space creates a sensory overload as you meander through the crowds, we loved the touching tribute to the late David Austin and enjoyed meeting local Hosta experts ‘New Forest Hostas’ . We particularly enjoyed the display from Lily Gomm who detailed her brief with us at an RHS show Garden designers Seminar back in March. Lilly created a feast for the eyes and nostrils, collaborating with Hillier Nurserys.

We had an inspirational day and highly recommended visiting if you’ve not been before – Next up RHS Hampton Court at the beginning of July.


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