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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 highlights and show gardens

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MG Investments Show Garden. Picture; Andy Sturgeon/RHS
MG Investments Show Garden. Picture; Andy Sturgeon/RHS

Key theme is reconnecting with nature

It may be more than six months away but preparations for 2019’s Chelsea Flower Show started the day after the last one ended and the RHS has revealed some of the treats on offer.

A major theme in the various classes of Show Gardens will be celebrating the beauty of the natural world.

It’s being held at its usual site at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and takes place from Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday, May 25, sponsored by M&G Investments.

Show Gardens

M&G Investments Garden by Andy Sturgeon: The garden draws inspiration from nature’s power to regenerate. The woodland landscape will feature young trees, ferns and jewel-like flowers, interspersed with stone platforms and huge burnt timber sculptures.

The Resilience Garden, The Forestry Commission by Sarah Eberle: Celebrating 100 years of forestry, the garden looks ahead to the biggest challenges facing our forests in the future.

The Savills and David Harber Garden by Andrew Duff: A celebration of the environmental benefits of trees within an urban space, featuring biodiverse trees and greenery known to remove pollutants from the atmosphere.

Welcome to Yorkshire by Mark Gregory: This garden is inspired by the canals and waterways in the west of the county.

Trailfinders Undiscovered Latin America Garden by Jon Snow: The temperate rainforests of South America will come to London complete with lush planting and dramatic waterfalls.

The Dubai Majlis Garden by Thomas Hoblyn: A Middle-Eastern feel is inspired by the sculptural beauty found in arid landscapes.

The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould: Intended for a hospice to provide a fun, interactive and uplifting space.

The Morgan Stanley Garden by Chris Beardshaw: This year’s winner of Best in Show returns.

The Wedgwood Garden by Jo Thompson: The multi-gold medal winner makes another appearance.

Bloomin’ Yorkshire Garden by Matthew Wilson: A second garden entry representing Yorkshire!

Space to Grow

For the second year, Royal Hospital Way will be home to inspiring gardens offering new ideas and inspiration in the Space to Grow category – I’ll have more on this category in the new year.

The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen by Joe Perkins: The message is connectivity, celebrating the positive benefits of social media as a powerful tool for engaging in real-world issues. A coastal theme will be used, as these are constantly changing and evolving.

Giving Girls In Africa A Space To Grow by Jilayne Rickards: The vibrant colours and exotic leaves of rural Africa highlight the work CAMFED does to educate and empower those reliant on women in agriculture hardest hit by climate change.

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden by Jody Lidgard: A space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world and future of horticulture with new technology.

The Viking Cruises Garden Paul Hervey-Brooks: A water meadow with a multi-stem river birch and winding streams running through to a pool and concrete terrace.

The Warner Edwards Garden by Helen Elks-Smith: Water appears and disappears like the natural springs at the distillery’s home of Falls Farms. The design takes inspiration from architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece ‘Fallingwater’.

Artisan Gardens

Small is beautiful and this year’s line-up promises to inspire as traditional materials and methods are revitalised.

Kingston Maurward College Garden by Michelle Brown: A garden celebrating the establishment’s 70 years of land-based education. The college’s blacksmith, engineering, countryside management and horticultural students will all contribute.

The Donkey Sanctuary Garden by Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sanctuary, highlighting the vital role donkeys play in improving the lives for some of the poorest communities in the world.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden by Graham Bodle: Inspired by a quarry at Walkers Nurseries, featuring reclaimed items and materials from the quarry.

Ikea Gardening Will Save The World Garden. Picture; Tom Dixon
Ikea Gardening Will Save The World Garden. Picture; Tom Dixon

The Great Pavilion

IKEA Gardening Will Save The World Garden by Tom Dixon: For the first time, the Great Pavilion will house a judged walk-through Show Garden. It hopes to raise awareness that it is possible, affordable and rewarding to grow your own food in the city using sustainable urban growing techniques.

Eight nurseries are making their Chelsea debut:

  • Andy’s Air Plants
  • Exotic Blooms
  • Lime Cross Nurseries
  • New Forest Hostas and Hemerocallis
  • William’s Cactus
  • Summerdale Garden Nursery
  • Newlands Herbs and
  • A National Allium Collection

Multi RHS Gold medal-winning rose breeder David Austin Roses will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the show.

Perennial is celebrating its 180th year of supporting those in the horticultural industry with a walk-through feature The Perennial Lifeline Garden designed by London College of Garden Design Graduates.

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

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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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