POSTCARDS FROM THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011
 Monday, May 23,2011
Every year I join the pilgrimage to the Chelsea Flower Show in London along with 157,000 other dedicated gardeners.  We go in search of inspiration and as well as knowledge of horticulture excellence and gardening.  The Chelsea Flower Show, a horticulture feast, offers more than a single person can digest.

This year “mother earth” has a strong guardian in the person of Elizabeth Banks, a landscape designer, who is the new President of the Royal Horticulture Society.  Not only are the “driving goals” of the RHS teaching children the joys of gardening but also to “transform our environmental performance, credentials and culture”.

This years underlying garden theme is

THE USE OF WATER or the lack of it.LAURENT-PERRIER BY LUCHANO GIUBBILEI- NATURE & HUMAN INTERVENTION

TRAIL FINDERS AUSTRALIAN GARDEN

A MONACO GARDEN which won a gold with a layered use of space, incorporating a roof of lavender and a green wall.

IPHONE APPS FOR THE ROYAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Always  on the edge of new technology, the RHS has introduced an iPhone app to accompany the Chelsea show. I also recommend  their free “Grow Your Own” app designed to help you grow your own fruit and veggies based on your own space and time.

This Years Winning Gardens all address the environmental concerns of the RHS  and our interactions as humans with nature.

Best In Show

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH GARDEN suggests that left to the nomadic nature of many of the plants the garden will “shift and change, highlighting what was, and what will be.”  A beguiling promise!

The Best ARTISAN GARDEN

“The designers were challenged to use an artisan approach in designing, building and choosing materials for their gardens. The were also encouraged to use materials from natural and sustainable sources in an artistic manner.”

HAE-WOO-SO (EMPTYING ONE’S MIND) is the Korean word for the traditional toilet.  The toilet is sited in a wild garden away from the house. The path to the toilet presents an opportunity to commune with nature. It is a Korean belief that going to the toilet was a “cathartic experience” and “considered it to be a highly spiritual, natural cycle.”

Installing the garden

The Best Urban Garden

THE WINDS OF CHANGE’s designer  recycled industrial fans to produce the home’s electrical power.  The fence is recycled gym flooring.

Tomorrow My Favorite Garden and Plants

THE APPLE STORE LONDON

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