Hertfordshire blooms at Chelsea
PUBLISHED: 11:27 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013
The world's most famous flower show is a celebration of the highest quality horticulture and is a feast for your imagination, bursting with inspiration for you to take home...
The Magistrates Garden
To celebrate the 650th anniversary of the Magistrates Association, Kate Gould from Radlett has designed a stunning contemporary garden, ideal as a place to relax and work in, for the organisation.
As part of the Urban Gardens category, the design features soft pastel coloured perennials mixedwith Buxus hedging, a water feature and two etched glass screens detailing the timeline of key events for the organisation. Six pleached umbrella London Plane trees around the garden give the design height and stature.
My underlying concept, explains Kate, was to incorporate balance to create an elegant and symmetrical garden, in which every element refers either obviously or subtly to the story, pageantry and values of the magistracy.
A Gold medal and Best Urban Garden winner in the past, this will be Kates fifth show garden at Chelsea.
The Basildon Bond Centenary Garden
Aspley Mill in Hemel Hempstead is the inspiration for this Artisan Garden designed by William Quarmby, runner-up in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2010. An integral part of Basildon Bonds 100 year history, Apsley Mill is now run by a charity dedicated to creating and maintaining The Paper Trail Project.
A mill structure made from reclaimed bricks will feature in the garden, complete with water, whilst inky-blue Irises will provide a stunning colour theme.
The Homebase Cornish Memories Garden
Landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer Contracts based near Tring have been chosen by designer Thomas Hoblyn to build the Homebase Cornish Memories Garden. It is the first time Bowles & Wyer Contracts will be involved in this horticultural event and the garden features a sculptural granite plunge pool, a striking circular pavilion and naturalistic planting.
THE GREAT PAVILION
Family firm Harkness Roses at Hitchin are launching three roses this year at Chelsea including two climbing varieties for smaller spaces.
Cumberland has rich shades of red ruffled flowers produced in small clusters and repeat flowers over a long period giving a display from early summer to late September. Height is 1.5 metres.
The Lakeland Rose reaches two metres in height and has strongly scented, apple-blossom blooms in early summer and autumn.
Harkness are also introducing the Natasha Richardson rose for the Make A Wish charity in memory of the late actress.
This stunning rose has double, highly fragrant pale pink flowers and Robert Harkness describes the fragrance as having a citrus base and as tantalising as rose Margaret Merril. Natasha Richardson also has excellent disease resistance, is easy to grow and bound to be a favourite choice for gardeners.
Around the showground, there are shops galore with some of the newest and most innovative gardening products, and a wide range of beautiful accessories to decorate any garden.
Julia Skinner of Js Pots & Potted Gardens from Wormley West End Nr Broxbourne scours the UK to source garden antiques. With a larger stand this year, the theme is Sanctuary and the garden setting includes a flowing pathway winding through pools leading to a 19th-century cast iron tiered fountain.
Theres a good mix of garden antiques of varying shapes, materials and sizes including a huge stone table on pillars, 18th-century carved stone gate piers with decorative iron gates, a limestone font full of plants, a wrought iron garden seat from the 1800s plus urns and troughs, staddle stones and bird baths and a Portland stone sundial.
Alitags from Much Hadham produce a range of attractive permanent plant labels. They also have a useful range of bamboo cloches, available in five sizes, which protect plants and seedlings from frost and wind as well as damage from birds, deer, cats, dogs and footballs.
RHS Silver-Gilt medal winner Philippa Pearson is a garden designer and professional horticulturalist, awarded Peoples Choice Award for Best Show Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010. Visit http://www.philippapearson.co.uk/ or contact her on 01767 651253.
Visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th May: 24-25th May RHS members only, 26th-28th May, RHS members and non-members. All tickets must be bought in advance.
Ticket hotline: 0844 338 7505 or see www.rhs.org.uk. The show opens at 8am each morning and is less crowded then.