Chelsea Flower Show Redux

Cornish Memories Garden  Photo © Alice Joyce

SSo much to see and photograph this past Spring at RHS Chelsea. Inevitably, more than a few gardens and horticultural high points slipped through the Chelsea Show features published here on AGTB. Thus, one final post to help sum up my tour of the world’s top flower show circa 2011.

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RHS Chelsea 2011

Chelsea Laurent-Perrier Garden Photo © Alice Joyce

Horticulture, History & Design : RHS Chelsea 2011 The Himalayan blue poppy repeated a blue-hue theme in the show garden created by The Royal Bank of Canada. A green roof embraced the top of a cottage repurposed from a shipping container, with clean-lined pools to capture rainwater, and dry-stone walls planted up with succulents. In stunning contrast, a sleek, contemporary style defined A Monaco Garden …designed by Sarah Eberle for the Principality of Monaco. Each show garden – in its own way – emphasized the importance of water in garden design. As pools and fountains effectively refresh the spirit on a sunny summer’s day, the reflective quality of water emerged as a focal point in the inviting layout of the Laurent-Perrier Garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei.

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Culinary Gardens

Horizontal Meets Vertical: B&Q Edible Garden - Chelsea 2011

Chelsea B&Q Garden near and far Photo © Alice Joyce

An ambitious design emphasizing edible gardening and sustainability set apart the B&Q Garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins and winner of Gold, the garden boasted the tallest form to appear at Chelsea: A 27-foot high tower representing one of the garden’s 5 demonstration zones, with plants comprising edible selections – either entirely so, or species chosen for their edible stems, roots, leafs, buds or fruit.

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