RHS Chelsea Flower Show Artisan and Fresh Gardens

2017’s Smaller, ‘unconventional’ gardens revealed

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Centenary Garden, David Domoney
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Centenary Garden, David Domoney

The Artisan and Fresh Gardens have been announced for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, offering a different take on the larger Show Gardens.

If you’re not sure what these are, Fresh Gardens are supposed to be ‘though-provoking, unconventional and exciting’, according to the RHS website.

In practice, these gardens are often design over substance, in my opinion, although judging by this year’s artist’s impressions, they look much more to my taste.

The Artisan Gardens I generally prefer, they’re smaller, so are much more of an inspiration to ordinary gardeners, although you would have to have a pretty penny to spend to emulate any of them!

Nick Mattingley, RHS Director of Shows, said: “As well as having some very exciting Fresh Gardens at the show, we also have a record number of Artisan Gardens this year which are bigger than ever before.”

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Artisan Garden highlights, pictured above, include the 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, Gary Breeze, whose garden features the replica of an 800-year-old boat that was discovered in the Norfolk Broads.

Ishihara Kazuyuki returns for his 12th year with Gosho No Niwa, inspired by the Kyoto emperors of Japan.

The work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is the focus of Sarah Eberle’s Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration.

Fresh Gardens, pictured below, include Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle, which will resemble an active volcano surrounded by tropical planting. At 23, Jack is one of the youngest garden designers ever to exhibit at an RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Kate Gould’s City Living demonstrates how to create a usable green space in an urban apartment block, and Mind Trap by Ian Price is about his personal experience of depression.

Nick added: “We look forward to once again delighting the hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions watching at home with another spectacular and unforgettable show.”

There are more than 500 exhibits at the 2017 show, sponsored by M&G Investments. Tickets are still available to buy at www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows.

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