May 30, 2012 20:10
| Home and Design
The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, like many of its predecessors, served to give gardeners from all backgrounds plenty of ideas for how to grow certain plants, how to design and landscape their garden in time for the summer and anything else horticultural. Much like impressively cut and presented Interflora flowers, many of the plants on display here would look good in any garden, plant pot or even in a vase in your living room. Aside from the great plants, what were the other highlights of this year’s event?
Perhaps one of the biggest attractions at the Chelsea Flower Shows was the array of show gardens: 16 of them in total. The winner was the Brewin Dolphin garden, designed by Cleve West. It made good use of a massive antique wellhead, and had a distinct Edwardian theme which, although it looked understated from some angles, was no less aesthetic than its peers, hence being given the ‘best in show’ award. Other gardens featured caravans, a pyramid structure with a helter-skelter in the middle and one designed for the Teenage Cancer Trust which made use of a cedar wood frame.
This year saw a lot of wildflowers used in many of the exhibitions, as well as some of the show gardens. As they’re seen as being pretty easy to both grow and maintain, their beauty, colour and fragrance helped to make them popular, and, if presented right, they could sit well in many gardens.
Some of the more innovative gardens on display included a ‘bee-friendly’ garden created by the University of Leeds, a royal barge scented with flowers which were displayed at Chelsea as part of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and, as a further token of love for the Queen, a display which simply spelled out ‘THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE’ for all people to see once they came to the show.