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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 preview

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Blackmore and Langdon Ltd's exhibit at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Blackmore and Langdon Ltd's exhibit at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

Highlights include new garden category

Do the big show previews get earlier every year? Well, in six months’ time, we’ll be able to see the plans come to fruition at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show 2018, which runs from May 22-26, sponsored by M&G Investments.

The biggest news is the launch of a new garden category – Space to Grow – described as ‘smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and feel the benefits that growing can bring’.

Show manager Katherine Potsides said: “We’re very excited about RHS Chelsea 2018. Every year is different as we welcome some of the greatest designers, plants people and floral artists who bring their creativity, ideas and inspiration to the show and set the horticultural trends for the year ahead.

“This year we have made changes to the show layout and introduced a new category of gardens, ‘Space to Grow’, creating a whole new avenue of gardens with inspiration for all.”

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden. Picture; RHS
The Lemon Tree Trust Garden. Picture; RHS

Show gardens

Ten show gardens (two up from last year) will fill Main Avenue.

Multi-award winning designer Sarah Price returns after five years for M&G Investments with a romanticised Mediterranean haven, using simple, sustainable materials to create a rich atmosphere and an unforgettable space.

Debut Chelsea designer Tom Massey presents The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, designed for a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp, Northern Iraq. The garden is inspired by the people in situations of forced migration and displacement, and their dedication to create gardens in the harshest of living conditions.  

The LG City Garden. Picture; RHS
The LG City Garden. Picture; RHS

By 2030, the World Health Organization is predicting that 60.3 per cent of the population will live in cities. With this in mind, designer Hay Hwang has created a futuristic ‘Eco-City’ Garden with LG Electronics, intended for a city tower block where each unit has a garden.

Other show garden highlights include:

  • Jo Thompson’s The Wedgwood Garden
  • Last year’s People’s Choice winner Chris Beardshaw with Morgan Stanley celebrating the company’s partnership with the NSPCC
  • First-time designer Jonathan Snow creating a garden inspired by a South African wine estate sponsored by Trailfinders.
Raymond J Evison stand at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Raymond J Evison stand at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

The Great Pavilion

The heart of RHS Chelsea will be home to more than 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers, and florists.

D’Arcy & Everest celebrates 25 years at the show, while Hampshire Carnivorous Plants aims for its 20th gold in 20 years, and Peter Beales Roses will mark its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose.

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be displaying an imaginative flower and foliage display depicting the four seasons,

Floral Fundamentals’ UNITY exhibit will showcase the skills of Europe’s greatest floral designers in their representation of the stages of bulb production.

For the third year running, multi-award winners Hillier Nurseries will be working with designer Sarah Eberle with a walk-through garden.

Speciality fern nursery Fernatix returns for the first time since 2007 alongside fellow fern nursery and new face Kells Bay House and Gardens.

Other new nurseries include Orchideengarten, Flowers from the Farm, Grafton Nursery, Ottershaw Cacti and Wack’s Wicked Plants.

Beekeeper admiring daffodils at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Beekeeper admiring daffodils at RHS Chelsea in 2017. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

RHS Chelsea Late

New for 2018, the first ‘Chelsea Late’ takes place on Friday, May 25. Following an afternoon at the show, visitors are invited into Ranelagh Gardens from 8-10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more.

Tickets are now available to buy now at www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows.

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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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