PURPLE IS THE COLOR OF THE YEAR EVERYWHERE more from California soon…
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.
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.
THE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
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.
Purchase tickets soon! Another sellout year!
DAFFODIL ‘GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA’ CELEBRATES SPRING IN CENTRAL PARK
Visitors to Central Park who enter the park at the East 69th Street are dazzled by the Garden Club of America daffodils which are described as “a fabulous flower named for a fabulous organization” by their supplier, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.
Not only were the bulbs donated by the by the Garden Clubs of America but the planting of 8,500 bulbs and more to come are only a part of the East 69th Street Entrance Restoration undertaken by the Central Park Conservancy and funded by the Garden Club of America’s member clubs whose 18,000 members all contributed to the effort. 2013 will mark the Centennial of the Garden Club and the Founders Fund gift honors New York where the club’s headquarter’s have been for the past 90 years.
The daffodils were planted in December of 2011 by park gardeners and Garden Club of America members.
The bulbs were plant in large swathes across the two acre site.
This beautiful gift to the first public park built in America and one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year is a true cause for celebration.
Garden Club of America Daffodils can be ordered from http://www.store.brentandbeckysbulbs.com
MY FAVORITE GARDEN & MANY WONDERFUL THINGS
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The 157,000 visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show voted on their favorite large garden and the winner was Diarmuid Gavin. It was my favorite too!
I have always loved Diarmuid’s Irish charm as well as admired his design skills. Perhaps the judges felt that Diarmuid’s previous gardens were too whimsical. In his “Irish Sky Garden” Diarmuid has come into his own as a serious, sophisticated designer with a great knowledge of design history. He credits the futuristic film Avatar, the landscapes of Capability Brown, Charles Jencks and the cardinals of the Italian Renaissance as his inspiration. His futuristic pod garden filled with flowers and toped with a rolling English lawn reminiscent of the Telly Tubbies floats suspended over an elegant green garden with sweeping ribbons of boxwood and Carpinus clipped to perfection, grasses, photinias, bamboos and 25 ink black circular pools of water. Diarmuid’s aim was not to start a rash of floating garden construction but to create something so beautiful that the visitors would smile and go home says “I went to Chelsea and saw something amazing”. It was amazing and everyone is still smiling!
THE PUBLICS’ FAVORITE SMALL GARDEN
What I found so interesting about the publics favorite small garden of lovely Yorkshire stone is that it celebrates another English favorite pass time, painting landscapes. The lovely garden with its real Hepworth sculpture is presented as being recorded with both a Turneresque watercolor & stand and an iPad in the tradition of David Hockney’s current art work.
MY FAVORITE CELEBRITY
Vanessa Redgrave came for the official introduction of Harkness Nursenry’s rose named in honor of her daughter, Natasha Richardson.
The ultimate in tacky, blue shag carpet & a melting ice sculpture.
Any plant can be made into a topiary….
Or a Bonsai…..
Remember the smell of the plants is an important factor in designing a garden.
A little charm and whimsy in a sea of green is good…..
Yellow plants can be used to create a sunny corner or
Monday, May 23,2011
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
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