Helen Billiald

Writer, plant nut

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

A warning. If you are visiting this page in search of profound insight from Monday’s RHS Chelsea press day, perhaps it would be better to look elsewhere.

While I would love to be penning detailed show analysis the reality is that on Monday I was a sleep-deprived zombie (that’s four nights of caring for a feverish baby for you). The fact that I managed to pack both press pass and drivers license then board the correct train was frankly a miracle.

By the time I staggered into the show ground (where I was immediately fortified with a Pimms – thank you Liz) it seemed best to simply enjoy the show.

So here it is, my ‘oh wow, I loved that’ post.

1) The Telegraph Garden designed by Tommaso del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz. Contractor: Crocus.
Reason: Lust. I wanted it. I wanted the squashed box balls, the limes, the chairs, the glowing green plant palette, the splashes of pink. And now, I want to weep at the thought of it being dismantled.
The Telegraph Garden 01

The Telegraph Garden 02
The Telegraph Garden 03
2) The Laurent-Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei. Contractor: Crocus.
Reason: Rills. I have a thing about rills, have done for years. The way the water travelled through this garden, the industrial feel to the rill as it emptied into the pool, the stepped pool, the sculpture…
The Laurent-Perrier Garden 02See what I mean?
The Laurent-Perrier Garden 03The Laurent-Perrier Garden 01
The Laurent-Perrier Garden 04
3) Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden by David Rich & Harry Rich. Contractor: Rich & Sons Ltd.
Reason: The planting danced. Despite Monday’s harsh light it still sparkled. The dusky verbascum ‘Petra’ acted as the perfect anchor.
Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden 01

Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden 02Looking like I felt…
Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden 03
4) Hope on the Horizon sponsored by David Brownlow Charitable Foundation by Matt Keightley. Contractor: Farr & Roberts.
Reason: The juxtaposition of static cubes and feathery planting.
Hope on the Horizon 01
Hope on the Horizon 02

5) The Topiarist Garden at West Green House by Marylyn Abbott. Contractors: Alyson Hamilton Garden Design, Michael D Chewter Landscapes
Reason: I believed it. This could easily have become a twee pastiche. But it wasn’t.
The Topiarist Garden at West Green House 01

6) And finally, the recurring wine red plant palette

Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ from Burncoose Nurseries
Calycanthus x raulstonii Hartlage Wine Burncoose Nurseries Lupinus ‘Masterpiece’ from Westcountry Nurseries

Lupinus Masterpiece Westcountry Nurseries

Lysimachia purpurea ‘Beaujolais’ and aquilegias
Lysimachia purpurea Beaujolais and aquilegia

So there you have it, a few highly biased thoughts from a glorious day.


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This entry was posted on 23 May, 2014 by in Hearsay and tagged , , , , , , .


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