Monday, July 1, 2013

Some of the Show Gardens of The 100th Chelsea Flower Show

RBC Blue Water Roof Garden
B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden
Stockton Drilling's "As Nature Intended" Garden
The Telegraph Garden
East Village Garden
The Homebase Garden
The Food and Environment Research Agency Stop the Spread
Trailfinders Australian Garden Presented by Fleming's
The Wasteland
Stoke-on-Trent's Story of Transformation
The Laurent-Perrier Garden
My British herbal companion and I had two full days at the 100th Chelsea Flower Show.  I took a ton of photos and these are some of the show gardens of the show.

The RBC Blue Water Roof Garden is "an urban rooftop garden that integrates recreational space with innovative biodiversity and habitat features."

The B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden was inspired by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho's charity Sentebale which helps vulnerable children in Lesotho in southern Africa, who are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Next is Stockton Drilling's "As Nature Intended" Garden which was "created to promote the use of natural materials and crafts and highlights the ways in which mankind has exploited nature over the years, becoming heavily reliant on natural resources."  If you click the link, you will be able to see closeups of the materials used in this exhibit.

The Telegraph Garden is a representation of England as a wooded landscape from openings were cleared to allow settlement, civilization and cultivation.  If you click the link, you'll see a small video of the designer talking about his design.

The East Village Garden was formerly the Athletes Village and will soon be London's newest neighborhood when it opens to its first residents later this year.  Really my photo doesn't do this garden justice.  I'm glad you have a video to help you see this wonderful design.

The Homebase Garden-"Sowing the Seeds of Change" was done in association with the Alzheimer's Society was designed with a small family in mind.  "The garden provides an environment to help a younger generation understand the natural world.  If you click on the link, you can see a more detailed map of the garden.

Stop the Spread was supported by a partnership of government, charity and industry hoping to inspire the public to action.  Working together, we can stop the spread of plant pests, diseases and invasive non-native species.  I know something about this topic!

The Trailfinders Australian Garden Presented by Fleming's was Best in Show winner.  When you see it on the video, it looks quite large if you click the link, but in fact it was an intimate space.  The flower structure in the center is actually a studio space.  It was a show stopper!

The Wasteland "has been created on an unloved and unused piece of former industrial ground.  Some of the waste from the site's industrial past has been reused within the garden."  Part of a larger development, this seems to be very private and intimate garden.  Click the link to see an interview with the designer. 

Stoke-on-Trent's Story of Transformation was designed to showcase Stoke-on-Trent's revitalization from its pottery times until now.  Click on the link to see a few more photos.  One of my favorite show gardens.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden is a contemporary take on a romantic garden.  It was designed by an award-winning Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell.  If you click on the link the designer will talk about his vision for the garden.

My opinion of the show gardens this year were that they all had an understated elegance befitting the 100th Chelsea Flower Show.  The Best in Show winner was over the top in the best way possible.  Really to be a garden designer and have that overall vision is brilliant!  Hope you utilize the links I have provided to see a bit more of each of these show gardens.  There were 15 show gardens at Chelsea and so I hopefully have four more to show you in a future post.  Hope you are having a great day.  It's still raining here and humid!  Talk to you later.


Carol said...

Such beautiful gardens!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us ♥

lemonverbenalady said...

You are very welcome, Carol! xo