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Chelsea Flower Show 2011 – In Pictures

May 27, 2011

As promised…some further photos from the Monday & Tuesday of the flower show.

Laurent Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei

Because it was my favourite and I kept coming back to it. Beautiful. The Kengo Kuma pavilion was gorgeous. Each time I passed by, the light and shadows had changed. Everything was perfect from the soft colours in the romantic planting reflecting the colours of the Peter Randall-Page sculpted stones to the reflective pool at the back to the ‘river’ with scattered semi-submerged boulders running down the middle. The twisted Parrotia stems rising out of the borders and casting shadows on the pavilion were sublime too. This is the garden that elicited the most emotional response from me.

James Wong’s Malaysia Garden

This one took me a while to warm to. I didn’t like it on a personal level as much as James’ garden for Chelsea 2010 but I can see how it works. Having been to Malaysia a few times and with family out there I have to say this garden is actually much more evocative of the place than his version last year. This year it has a slightly more authentic, darker, danker, jungly feel.

Cleve West’s Daily Telegraph Garden

It was a favourite to win Best in Show and win it did. You can’t fault the planting. Divine.

The Great Pavilion

Highlights from within the marquee.

The Avon Bulbs stand was fabulous. A beautiful display with so many plants on my shopping list.

Crug Farm Plants display. Their first time at Chelsea. A little bit different and a little bit special.

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ from Hardy’s Plants which won the Plant of the Year award:

The RNIB Garden

For Theresa…

The RNIB Garden is designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes. After the show the garden is being replanted at the RNIB Pears Centre in Coventry

Natural materials including planed green oak, reclaimed Cotswold stone and Aberdeen granite have been used in the hard landscaping

Paul said the planting was mainly chosen for contrasting and stimulating colours but also for texture and in some cases scent

The braille on the wall is an excerpt from a children's poem by Michael Rosen called 'Hand on a Bridge'

The extract from the poem reads:

Hand on the bridge
Feel the rhythm of the train
Hand on the window
Feel the rhythm of the rain
Hand on your heart
Feel the rhythm inside
Hand on your life
Feel the rhythm of time

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