Hertfordshire horticulturists at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
PUBLISHED: 14:49 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:00 20 February 2013
Exhibitors are blooming at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show where outstanding standards of horticultural excellence mingle with the latest gardening trends.
The Art of Nature is the contemplative show garden from Buckingham based champagne Laurent-Perrier. Designed by Luciano Giubbilei, this Italianate inspired garden for the 21st century has strong classical lines combined with natural planting styles, art and architecture.
Hornbeam, yew and box hedges create architectural lines whilst at the rear of the garden a textured monolithic stone wall resembles a hedge and has a Corten steel sculpture. Water features punctuate the design throughout and the planting palette includes groups of iris, astrantia and peonies in shades of claret and deep near-black.
Hertfordshire based garden designers Patricia Thirion's and Janet Honour's 'Entente Cordiale' Courtyard Garden emulates their own strong Franco/British partnership. Patricia, who is from Paris, and Janet from London met at Capel Manor College while studying garden design then set up their own design consultancy, A Touch of France, in Bushey. 'Entente Cordiale' combines formal French features with traditional English cottage garden style using a mix of plants and typical features from each side of the Channel. Pat Fox from Hatfield Heath has designed a modern kitchen garden for her Courtyard Garden for Aralia, complete with a living wall planted with baby-leaf salad crops. A central island kitchen is surrounded by edible planting on all sides including fruit, veg and herbs. Hertfordshire furniture makers Armstrong Jordan are providing hand made kitchen cabinets.
'Eco Chic' by Helios, designed by Kate Gould from Radlett, is a Small Garden set within a new inner city housing development. The garden recycles materials available on the site used by contractors who built the development and planting is designed for all season interest and low maintenance.
The Great Pavilion
This is the spectacular centrepiece of the show where some of the best nurseries and growers from the UK and around the world create an explosion of textures, colours and scents from flowers at their very best. Educational displays also demonstrate how climate change is affecting our plants, gardens and wildlife.
Harkness Roses from Hitchin are launching several new roses at the show. The three 'Persian Mystery Roses' is the fruition of 40 years of rose breeding; 'Girlguiding UK Centenary Rose' raises funds for Girlguiding UK; 'Robert Winston' is for Professor Winston's charity Women for Women; 'Victoria Pendleton' celebrates team GB's Olympic cycling sprint gold medallist; 'High Sheriff 2009' raises funds for the High Sheriff's Association; 'Equity Rose' raises funds for the Equity Benevolent Fund; 'Red Hat Lady' celebrates the ladies networking group, the Red Hat Society.
In their 30th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Carnivorous Plant Society, with help from show and information committee member Paul McKeown from Garston, will have an exciting display of carnivorous plants.
Creating an exquisite floral display at the show is not for the faint-hearted as arrangers start their exhibits at 9pm the night before the show opens, finishing at 6am the next morning. Stunning creations are being organised this year by Phoenix Design from Beaconsfield, Little Hallingbury Flower Club and St Albans Flower Club
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 from Wormley West End near Broxbourne scours the country for antique, traditional and contemporary pots, statues and garden ornaments in stone, copper, lead and iron. J's Pots & Potted Gardens' exhibit this year includes a formal parterre and pergola to show off their stock of interesting items which include some rarely seen marble urns, staddle stones smothered in mosses and lichens, copper and galvanised water butts or planters and a pair of lion head lead pots. More pots are on display at Hogben Pottery where Jane Hogben's distinctive terracotta pots are the perfect complement to flowers and planting schemes. All Jane's work is hand made at her pottery in converted farm buildings at East Common near Gerrards Cross.
Hertfordshire botanical artist, and contributor to the Prince of Wales's Highgrove Florilegium, Evelyn Binns will be exhibiting her tenth collection of original watercolours at the show this year. Over 30 new paintings will be on display, plus examples of Evelyn's larger-than-life Fleurs de Verre acrylic interior dcor panels, also ideal in garden settings. Based at Clothall near Baldock, Evelyn's watercolours cover a wide range of subjects from ever popular Hellebores to flamboyant Bearded Irises.
Dubarry's fabulous waterproof leather boots are back at the show for the eighth year. Located in High Wycombe, Dubarry will also be showing their latest waterproof outerwear, some classic tweed and more recent technical jackets.