Well I arrived about 9am at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and headed for the ‘Show Gardens’ on Main Avenue. It was Press Day so there were no crowds but the BBC production crews were out in force including Radio 2’s Chris Evans and Mary Berry recording live for his Breakfast Show. It didn’t take me long to start spotting of a gaggle of celebrities from Joanna Lumley to Hugh Bonneville. I must admit I was quite star struck and distracted so I decided to head for the Great Pavilion -an indoor arena full of the most stunning floral displays, to catch my breath.
Wow well this display called ‘ A Quiet Afternoon In the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’ is a magnificent installation. It’s the largest work of the British artist Rowland Emett, who amongst some of his works created the fantasical contraptions for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968. It stands over seven metres tall and 11 metres wide and includes eight sculptures. This area is known as Picnic Dell where tea has been laid out on a carpet of flowers. Just breathtaking.
These steps led me to the Artisan Gardens an area of smaller plots hidden away in a magical woodland setting.
Artisan Garden 561 called Walker’s Wharf Garden has turned a supposedly derelict industrial plot in to a tranquil outdoor space.
I couldn’t resist taking this one. Just a dreamy country vibe to this setting a combination of plants, ceramics and sculptures. Would love this in my garden. Tom Critchley is a regular exhibitor at the show.
And my final photo gives you an idea of the celebrity mahem at the ‘Garden Party’ just around the corner in the The RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden.
If you ever get the opportunity to go I’d thoroughly recommend a day out. It’s a great escape from the everyday and in the words of Sue Biggs, RHS Director General ‘If you can grow a single plant you’re a gardener.’ Well that’s me.