RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens

New ‘Gardens for a Changing World’ to reflect climate change

Colour Box Garden
Power to the Twitter People – the Colour Box Garden by Charlie Bloom

The world’s largest annual flower show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace event, sponsored by Viking Cruises, runs from July 4-9.

At twice the size of RHS Chelsea, it offers gardeners a chance to shop until they drop against the stunning historical backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

The garden categories have been simplified to four; Show, World, Conceptual and the new Gardens for a Changing World. Continue reading “RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens”

Sales of peat-free Dalefoot Composts double

Firm selling composts made from sheep’s wool and bracken is 20 years old

Dalefoot Composts
Simon Bland and Jane Barker from Dalefoot Composts. Picture; Andrea Jones

Gardeners are turning their backs on compost containing peat, according to the owner of Dalefoot Composts, as sales doubled in the last year.

Its premium composts, made from sheep’s wool and bracken, are now used by commercial growers, RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning flower and amateur gardeners like me around the UK.

I love the stuff, especially for growing tomatoes and the Claybuster Mix, essential on my clay-based soil. The range has composts for container growing, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, seeds and acid-loving plants.

Owner Simon Bland said: “We’ve seen our sales double in the last year which is proof that gardeners want to garden more Continue reading “Sales of peat-free Dalefoot Composts double”

RHS Chelsea: British Florist Association

BFA’s 100th-anniversary celebrations – taking a floral stand

British Florist Association
British Florist Association’s artwork for their centenary celebration at RHS Chelsea

The British Florist Association has a floral stand feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (ends Saturday) to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

‘The British Florist Association at 100’ is at the heart of the floristry zone in the Great Pavilion, and has been designed by students at BFA Member College, Moreton Morell in Warwickshire, led by its award-winning tutors Jane Benefield and Laura Leong.

To the front of the stand is a huge freestanding Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: British Florist Association”

RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone highlights

Don’t miss pioneering science in The Great Pavilion

British Ecological Society
British Ecological Society’s Delight in the Dark exhibit. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27) is justifiably known for its ground-breaking show gardens but don’t miss out on the pioneering science and technology aspects of the event.

In the Great Pavilion, the Discovery Zone makes a welcome return, featuring a range of interactive displays demonstrating the significance of science and research behind plants and the impact they have on our society. Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone highlights”

RHS Chelsea: Hillier’s Spring Garden

Leave a lasting gardening memory in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust

Hillier's Spring Garden
Hillier’s Spring Garden 3D design at RHS Chelsea

Visitors at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show are invited to play their part in Chelsea history by leaving a lasting memory in the Hillier show garden.

Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring, designed by Sarah Eberle, which features a 4.3m high metallic spring.

At the heart of the huge exhibit in the Great Pavilion stands a Pocket Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: Hillier’s Spring Garden”

RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2017

Top new flowers, fruit, and veg of the year

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights
Brighter Blooms’ Zantedeschia Dubai Nights. All pictures unless otherwise stated RHS Media Image Collection

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show is the Plant of the Year competition and this year sees a host of bigger, better and brighter blooms, veg and fruit to tempt you to part with your cash.

Not all of the new plants get entered into the competition but those below have been. The winner is picked on Press Day, Monday, May 22.

Good luck to you all!

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights, Brighter Blooms, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, www.brighterblooms.co.uk
Flowers are a rich velvet purple with an outer margin of cream, held well on very speckled foliage. The plant is nice and compact.
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