A Chelsea Checklist
Updated: Jan 4
Come one come all. Witness the hustle and bustle. The showbiz. The glitz and the glamour of the greatest show on earth. The Chelsea flower show. There really is nothing quite like it in the gardening world. Floral lovers and design enthusiasts flock from every corner of the globe to witness the zenith of the horticultural universe.
From new cultivars to new materials and everything in between, it can all be found here.
I’ll be attending this year, ready to absorb everything Chelsea has to offer, meet up with some familiar faces and hopefully meet some new ones!
I have a Chelsea Checklist of sorts. Things I like to do every year whether I’m attending or not.
Top of that list for the past few years is seeing what Kazuyuki Ishihara brings to Chelsea. I do not hide how fond I am of his gardens. His attention to detail, the way his gardens always bring a smile to my face. It’s always a Chelsea highlight for me and I can’t wait to see his O-Mo-Te-Na-Shi No NIWA garden this year.
Speaking of gardens I’m looking forward to this year, Tom Stuart Smith has designed what promises to be a beauty! Working in conjunction with the Garfield Weston Foundation and the RHS, his ‘The Weston Garden’ is a...
‘Private, enclosed and romantic space that emphasises the simplest and most enduring characteristics of a private garden: a rich diversity of texture, a carefully studied balance between enclosure and openness with an intimate retreat at its heart. It also balances modernity and tradition, using topiary, but not in a traditional form or in a traditional way. It is an exploratory space where more is revealed on turning every corner and the solidity of some very large topiary is used to make the garden partially subdivided and secret in places.’
This resounds with me profoundly, and his unique and signature planting style has had a significant influence on my own. I was fortunate enough to recently visit a domestic garden that Tom had designed, and I spent hours drinking it in, I hope to do the same come the end of May.
The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC Designed by the incredible Chris Beardshaw is another one to watch out for. Chris’s ability to conjure up new and exciting planting schemes year after year at Chelsea is something to behold. Constantly innovating and pleasing the public and judges with a symphony of colour, texture and scent. Last year he won the people's choice award, this year my monies on him to go one better!
I've also been keeping up to date with the progress of many of the gardens over on my Instagram. Which is a great way to get a sneaky inside look on just how these gardens are built!
So those are my views on Chelsea 2018, what are your thoughts? Are you going to the greatest show in the horticultural world this year? Watching on TV? Let me know below, oh, and if you are heading to SW1 this May and find yourself walking down Bourne street towards the show, keep an eye out for some of my very own container designs!
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Best of luck and enjoy the show! J. Langlands
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