Chelsea Flower Show 2014

May 23, 2014


It’s been some time since I’ve posted here; a technical problem made it impossible to update anything on my website for ages but the problem is finally sorted out.


So what better way to kick off again than sharing a couple of Chelsea highlights with you!


This year my daughter accompanied me for the first time; the fact that she had actually wanted to come along made it quite a special occasion from my point of view. Maybe she has finally recovered from her childhood years of being dragged around gardens when she would have preferred a theme park (although we did occasionally do that too). She’s a print designer and so looked at the gardens with a keen “designer’s eye” so it was good to compare notes and opinions.


Her personal favourite in the main avenue and probably mine too was the RBC Waterscape Garden by Hugu Bugg (though I wavered between this and the the M and G garden by Cleve West).


We both felt that the waterscape garden just worked on every level; good structure, good planting, interesting hard landscaping, a naturalistic feel and sustainable too. The issue of water conservation addressed in this design is particularly relevant after the floods of last season.


The Waterscape Garden by Hugo Bugg

The Waterscape Garden by Hugo Bugg


Cleve West delivered as always with his Persian inspired, intricately planted garden. The beauty of this garden is that he has left space for the garden to breathe which helped to achieve a sense of tranquility.


Conteporary Paradise Garden by Cleve West

Contemporary Paradise Garden by Cleve West

The Help for Heroes garden by Matthew Kneightly may not have won a gold medal but it won the people’s vote with it’s representation of the road to recovery taken by wounded soldiers. Soft planting offset against the solidity of granite blocks are the essence of the garden.


Hope on the Horizon Garden by Matthew Kneightly

Hope on the Horizon Garden by Matthew Kneightly

Finally I’ll leave you with an image of the charming artisan “DialAFlight Potters Garden” by Francesca Murrell and Emma page


The DialaFlight Potter's Garden by Emma Page and Francesca Murrell

The DialAFlight Potter’s Garden by Emma Page and Francesca Murrell


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