Check out our preview of 10 of the most intriguing and imaginative gardens and displays at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show. You won’t want to miss these…
Ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show, we’ve taken a look at some of the hero gardens and displays at the event. Rub shoulders with the royals in florals and pretend that you know your David Austin from your Peter Beales…
Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Opening Times: 23 – 27 May 2017; Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SL; Tuesday – Friday (23 – 26 May) 8am – 8pm, Saturday (27 May) 8am – 5.30pm.
Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Highlights
Gary Breeze’s The IBTC Lowestoft Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden
Gary Breeze won Best Fresh Garden 2016, and his Artisan Garden at this year’s show features the replica of an 800-year-old boat that was discovered in the Norfolk Broads. We’ll be setting sail to Chelsea to give this one a visit.
2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden
Professor Nigel Dunnett created the wildflower meadow for the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012. At this year’s Chelsea Flower show enjoy his design at the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden. His work is set within an urban context of high-rise and apartment developments. Nigel will be demonstrating the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas.
Gosho No Niwa by Ishihara Kazuyuki
Ishihara Kazuyuki returns for his 12th year with a garden inspired by the Kyoto emperors of Japan. Expect plenty of colours and tranquil waters.
Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle
Part of the Fresh Gardens offering, Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle will resemble an active volcano surrounded by tropical planting. Jack, 23, is one of the youngest garden designers ever to exhibit at an RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
City Living by Kate Gould
Kate Gould’s City Living demonstrates how to create a usable green space in an urban apartment block, with multiple layers and levels of texture and colour.
Mind Trap by Ian Price
This emotional work by Ian Price is about his personal experience of depression. It is supported by the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.
The M&G Garden 2017 by James Basson
In the Show Garden category, James Basson will be going for his third consecutive RHS Gold medal. His display at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is a recreation of the stunning Maltese landscape for M&G.
500 Years of Covent Garden supported by Capco by Lee Bestall
Lee Bestall is celebrating 500 Years of Covent Garden with archways inspired by the famous marketplace in central London.
Great Pavilion highlights
In the Great Pavilion for 2017, Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring featuring a 4.3m high metallic spring. Burncoose is focusing on plants for unexpected pollinators such as flies, moths and beetles.
The Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion features the Come to Your Senses Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro. This display aims to tackle the overstimulated and sedentary lives of children in the UK with a design that encourages children to enter the haven of a garden.
In addition to the array of beautiful gardens and displays at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, a range of new plants will be unveiled. Check out the David Austin Roses Dame Judi Dench, a beautiful peach rose named for the British actress.
Where to Drink
The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory at RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be worth a stop for refreshment during your visit. Inspired by the new Wonderlust collection, there will be a bespoke tea pairing menu designed by Wedgwood’s first global tea curator, Bernadine Tay. Bernadine host tea masterclasses during Chelsea Flower show, exploring the many benefits of the nation’s favourite drink. For more ideas, check out our guide of where to eat during the Chelsea Flower Show.
For more on The Chelsea Flower Show, read Kit Peel’s review here.