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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 preview

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RHS Greening Grey Britain garden
RHS Greening Grey Britain garden. Nigel Dunnett

Show gardens unveiled

The show gardens have been unveiled at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, always the most anticipated features of the event.

The nine gardens, along with the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, will be joined by nine artisan gardens, five fresh gardens, and more than 100 floral displays at the show, which runs from 23-27 May, sponsored by M&G Investments.

James Basson will be going for his third consecutive RHS Gold medal with a re-creation of the Maltese landscape for M&G.

Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins are teaming up for the third time at RHS Chelsea with The Chengdu Silk Road Garden which combines architecture and planting in a conceptual East-West landscape with a dramatic ‘Silk Road’ bridge linking the different elements of the garden.

Lee Bestall is celebrating 500 Years of Covent Garden, while Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam aim to highlight endangered heathland for Wellington College.

Chris Beardshaw is going for his 12th RHS Gold medal and is working with the National Youth Orchestra, which will compose a piece of music inspired by the garden.

Professor Nigel Dunnett, who created the wildflower meadow for the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012, is the designer of the 2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden.

Set within an urban context of high-rise and apartment developments, Nigel will demonstrate and celebrate the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas, and provide a vision for the future development and use of private, communal and social spaces in the places where we live.

In the Great Pavilion, Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring which features a 4.3m high metallic spring.

Burncoose is focusing on plants for unexpected pollinators such as flies, moths and beetles.

Birmingham City Council celebrates the weird and whimsical world of quirky inventor Rowland Ernett. New to RHS Chelsea Flower Show,

New to Chelsea is Hare Spring Cottage Plants, which holds the largest collection of genus Camassia after amalgamating its collection with that of the late plantswoman Margaret Owen, the previous holder of the biggest collection.

The Discovery Zone features the Come to Your Senses Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro, aiming 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. The British Ecological Society’s Delight in the Dark will showcase the diversity of shade-tolerant plants.

Nick Mattingley, RHS Director of Shows, says: “As with every RHS Chelsea Flower Show for more than a century, designers, nurserymen and leading lights of the horticultural world are pulling out all the stops to make this the best gardening event in the world.

“With world-class designers like Chris Beardshaw, James Basson, Nigel Dunnett, Kate Gould and Sarah Eberle, many new trailblazers in horticulture, and outstanding specialist nurseries such as Hilliers, Burncoose, Dibleys and Kelways, we’re looking forward to a fabulous show.”

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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