The Chelsea Flower Show 2012


I am back in London with TwoFour Productions to work on The Official Souvenir DVD of the Chelsea Flower Show for the Royal Horticulture Society. These are my behind the scene photos take with my iPhone or small Canon camera while Paul Harper cameraman extraordinaire is painstakingly recording on his larger camera for the DVD. The day glow green vests are required as Chelsea is a major construction site during setup

This year all of England is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The queen has visited Chelsea almost fifty times as queen and many more before her coronation.  Here she was a little more daring as Princess Elizabeth.

Since her favorite dogs are corgis and TOPIARY is the HOT design feature at Chelsea this year it was a natural that the queen found 2 topiary beasts waiting for her at the end of the red carpet to her dinning pavilion.

The BEST GARDEN IN THE SHOW was a topiary garden which juxtaposed the clean sharp lines of topiary with an etherial airy planting scheme.

  Yew and beech provided the backdrop for the herbaceous plantings.


The Laurent-Perrier Garden was another of my favorites.  It used may styles of topiary to achieve an elegant design.

The Land’s End: A Rural Muse Garden reminded us that the idea of native-inspired plantings and sustainability is very key to the Royal Horticulture Society’s message. This garden was inspired by the poet John Clare, who is called the first green crusader.In The L’Occcitane Immoretell Garden the topiary forms reflect good gardening practices in an organic garden in Corsica which produces essential oils of Immortelle flowers for use in L’Occitaine products.  Most gardens at Chelsea have serious corporate sponsorship.

The Importance of man’s relationship with nature was the theme of the exquisite Japanese Satoyama Life Garden.The M&G Garden showed more of the more traditional trend for formality.  Yet there was  a softening and more casual approach to the plantings  than seen last year.

While the planting is lovely the hardscape seems to be overpowering.  the judges gave this garden a gold so they must have felt that any detraction presented by the hardscape was made up for by the horticulture.Please join me for my next Blog for “The Plants of the Year”!

A view of magic at work in The Plant Explorer’s Garden created by the Scottish Agriculture College.

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