7 sensational reasons to love the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public next week on 22 May, 2018. This is possibly the world's most famous flower show
and it will lead us wisely and soothingly towards the summer. It's so easy to become enthused by all the ideas and perfection thats on display. But dont allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the difference between your own plot and the photogenic masterpieces that you see on your TV. Or in the green, if you are lucky enough to visit in person.
Orange geums and purple lupins, - a colour combination that is bound to create impact at what is probably the greatest flower show on earth.
What can you take home from Chelsea Flower Show?
Nobody expects homeowners to exactly replicate the picturesque Chelsea gardens which feature expensive, innovative design
, perfect planting and top-quality paving
. But if the idea of soothing water features, subtle lighting
and tempting seating
and dining spaces is appealing to you, theres no reason why you cant transplant some of these wistful dreams to your own plot. Ideas can be lifted from the show and implemented at home. Its all about the transfer of vision from a show setting into everyday life.
Who wouldn't want to wander down this garden path, amongst delightful planting?
The Main Avenue show gardens
There are few people who can afford a complete garden re-design in the style of Chelsea Main Avenue,
where show gardens cost from £250,000 upwards. Thats more than the cost of purchasing an entire property in some cases. But dont let that put you off improving your own garden. There are many things you can change for little or no cost at all.
A heart-shaped lawn might not be your first choice, but it's easy to get creative with your grass!
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Changing the shape of your lawn
, for example can add a whole new definition and meaning to a plot. Grass seed is cheap and relatively easy to sow, once youve prepared the ground.
You can move plants around to create new focal points, but be prepared to water them all season until they settle in.
Consider recycled paving if you want to keep your costs down.
Paving, retaining walls and building works are undoubtedly expensive but there are cheaper options. The use of less formal materials, for example, railway sleepers and recycled products picked up locally, can reap amazing rewards! The key to success in your own garden is innovative thought and enthusiasm, and both of those are free!
Railway sleepers can be used for all sorts of things including retaining walls and raised beds. They do have a limited lifespan, however, and will have to be replaced occasionally.
The feel-good factor
Chelsea Flower Show falls during the week that follows the royal wedding,
and most people are likely to be in a celebratory mood. It bodes well for Chelsea week. Did you know that The Queen
has missed only two years of the Chelsea Flower Show since she was crowned? As always, celebrities will be out in force, including Mary Berry, Nick Knowles, Jo Whiley,
presenters Nikki Chapman
and James Wong
plus Jennifer Saunders
, Sophie Raworth
, Monty Don
and Joe Swift.
Chelsea Flower Show always attracts plenty of celebrities, and of course, royalty.
The need to connect with plants. Health and wellbeing
The theme is very much about gardens that make us feel good, with health and wellbeing appearing high on the agenda. It is now widely accepted that biophilia
is part of the human disposition. Humans have an urge to bond with nature because we have a genetic connection to the natural world that is based on thousands of years of living in agrarian
settings. Gardens are therefore our basic natural territory and it is beneficial to the soul to nurture plants.
People need natures in order to feel healthy. Trees and plants are vital to our wellbeing.
Chelsea round up
Main Avenue gardens are always a winner in the eyes of Chelsea visitors and this year there are 10.
Decades ago there were as many as 22 main gardens, but the glamour and pizzazz was nowhere near as remarkable as todays innovative spaces. There are some new names appearing alongside established designers including Stuart Charles Towner,
who trained at Hadlow College,
with his Spirit of Cornwall garden, inspired by the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth.
Another Main Avenue newby is Nic Howard,
Surrey garden designer, who has created a garden that focuses on sculpture that symbolises different periods of mankinds development.
There's something for everyone at Chelsea, including a huge marquee full of plant and flower displays.
The re-invented Fresh gardens c
ategory is now known as Space to Grow and these eight gardens really do provide ideas that can be taken home. And the tiny Artisan Gardens a
re still a big draw, combining traditional materials and methods with new design approaches, all in pocket handkerchief-sized spaces.
Furniture, design, equipment, style and inspiration are all on display at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
Chelsea, as ever, also provides a garden shopping paradise within a relatively compact setting. Enjoy everything it has to offer, either as an armchair viewer or on the hoof. Soak up the ambience, absorb new ideas and tune into your garden for a summer of health-giving pleasure.
Then come back home, full of fresh inspiration and ideas and apply them to your own garden!
The seven sensational reasons to love the show
Are your roses blooming yet? It's going to be a great month for them
- Gain inspiration and enthusiasm
- Borrow ideas to take home with you
- See the latest styles and fashions in planting design
- Talk to experts in order to gain knowledge
- Admire the very best in hard materials and construction techniques
- Enjoy a garden shopping experience like no other
- Have a great day out!
for all your gardening needs.