RHS Chelsea Flower Show

With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in full swing we’ve had a peek at what you can expect from the show gardens this year. With the 2014 Chelsea trends including meadow and woodland planting we were excited to find out the main themes for this year…and quite the eclectic mix it turned out to be! We’ve picked out our favourite designs: 

The Dark Matter Garden for the National School’s Observatory


The Universe is a mysterious place…’’Without dark matter there would be no planets, stars or galaxies and it’s presence is only known by it’s bending of light and vast gravitational effects.” The amazing rusted steel structures within the garden reflect the effect that dark matter has on light. “A warped lattice of steel rods depicts the bending trajectory of light around massive objects in the universe, implying the presence of dark matter”. An innovative subject for a Chelsea garden which is not only visually stunning but hopes to inspire young people in science and astronomy. Created by architect Howard Miller who led a team of astronomers, horticulturalists and construction experts to win a well deserved Gold Medal. 

The Morgan and Stanley Healthy Cities Garden


“The formal geometry of paths, hedges and walls symbolise the physical infrastructure of a community, while vibrant plants denote the social elements within as they are diverse in origin, colour and character but work together to form a successful community.” Again a truly engaging topic lies behind this garden created by Chris Beardshaw – the diversity that makes a healthy city and community. We especially love the mixed perennial borders and fantastic vibrant colour scheme. 

Others to watch out for: 

The tranquil Beauty of Islam Garden designed by Kamelia Zaal, this garden is a traditional reflection of Islamic and Arabic culture. 

The scented A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane designed by James Basson, this garden reflects the decline of the perfume industry in Grasse, where several of the plantations have become overgrown.  But now with companies such as L’Occitane (who sponsor this garden) the industry is back on the rise.