RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures – Britain’s best garden designers go head to head

RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

Gardeners have come from across the country to take part in this year’s annual Chelsea Flower Show, with some incredible designs on display.

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The RHS Chelsea Flower is one of the biggest events of the year for keen amateur and professional gardeners. this year, some 39 gardens were on display, made up of 13 Show Gardens, 12 Sanctuary Gardens, four Balcony Gardens, five Container Gardens, four All About Plants gardens and one Feature Garden. RHS judges put the gardens to the test on Monday as the show opened, and awarded the winning designers with medals. But with all gardens on show this year proving a real treat for the eye, there’s plenty more to see then just the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners – and we have some of the best pictures here.

Rewilding Britain Landscape

Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt’s A Rewilding Britain Landscape won Best in Show, the second year in a row the first-time designers have taken the top prize. RHS Chair of Judges, James Alexander-Sinclair, said: “It was a hard-fought debate between the members of the judging panel to decide which garden to award Best in Show. In the end, all the judges were captivated by the skill, endeavour and charm of A Rewilding Britain Landscape – every step is exquisite..”

‘Perennial, with Love’

The ‘Perennial, with Love’ garden, designed by Richard Miers, features eight flat-topped hawthorn trees, providing a canopy over the water feature. The design won silver in the show garden category.

A Swiss Sanctuary

Switzerland Tourism’s entry, A Swiss Sanctuary, designed by the British landscape architect and garden designer Lilly Gomm, has been awarded the Bronze award in the ‘Sanctuary Gardens’ category at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Bosting between 1,500 and 2,000 plants, Ms Gomm describe it as “a personal haven that draws together the unique flora typifying Switzerland’s different regions”.

The Plantman’s Ice Garden

People view The Plantman’s Ice Garden during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Zoe Ball Listening Garden

The Zoe Ball Listening Garden during RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea, designed by James Alexander-Sinclair. the garden features water in three steel tanks, made from weathered steel which is designed to turn to a rich, rusty brown over time. Music from the past 50 years of Radio 2 will be played from underground, so visitors can feel the vibrations rather than hear the songs.

Brewin Dolphin garden

Professional violinist Sally Potterton, performing at the Brewin Dolphin garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

The ‘Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ garden

Central to the design of the ‘Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ garden, designed by Joe Perkins, is a complex pavilion structure with seating. The design won gold in the Show Garden category.

Sustainable designs

Many of the materials used to create A Swiss Sanctuary will be repurposed after the flower show to ensure minimal waste. The glacial boulders, sourced from Wales rather than Switzerland to reduce their carbon footprint, will be returned to the supplier. The wooden wall, which conjures up thoughts of mountain chalets, will go to one of the landscapers who built the garden. The water pump will be collected and reused. All of the plants are to find new homes at charity-run parks or community gardens in south London.

The Cirrus Garden

 ‘The Cirrus Garden’ was created by amateur gardener Jason Williams and won silver-gilt for the Balcony Garden category. The sustainable design focuses on increasing biodiversity in urban areas.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A display created by Simon Lycett in honour of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, featuring 70 hand-thrown pots – one for every year of the Queen’s reign.

The Stitcher’s Garden

The Stitcher’s Garden designed by Frederic Whyte won silver for the Sanctuary Garden category.

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