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My RHS Chelsea 2012 Highlights

Posted May 23 2012 5:39pm
 The RHS Chelsea flower show began on Monday with the press day,celebrity's,and of course a visit from H.M the Queen.There are lots of different gardens is four main categories.These photos show some of my favourites.Starting with the M & G garden designed by Andy Sturgeon.I love the copper ring sculpture and soft planting around the hard structures of the garden.
 It has stone steps, a wide pond, and some artfully drilled walls dividing the garden into spaces,
He was inspired by the natural craftsman of the arts and crafts period.He says it is asymmetric.He has used a variety of green plants interspersed with odd pins of colour.He got a gold medal for this garden.
The allotment gardener Cleve West won a gold medal and Best in show for this Brewer Dolphin garden.The sponsors celebrated their 250th birthday.It is a celebration of 250 years of gardening with beautiful Topiary,like giant chess pieces.
Two stone pillars topped with flaming finials draw the eyes into the garden.
 The under planting is mostly herbaceous perennials with zings of colour.I love how the Ladybird Poppies stand out in the purple and green.
 Two little fountains pour water into stone rills at the base of the entrance pillars.
The main feature at the end is a 250 year old well head that was reclaimed from a stone yard in Gloucester.It has been mounted onto a wall and painted blue behind.It supplied peoples water 250 years ago.
 The heavy rains meant that one Sunday morning a small army of people descended to save the stone work and well head from the flooding river Severn.This was a garden that was almost not.
Cleve West won best in show last year for his Daily Telegraph Libyan inspired garden.He has a natural flair for combining stone,plants,water.It looks like it has been there for years.He says he will not be back next year to Chelsea.
 I love the Chris Beardshaw Furzey garden.This is a garden to celebrate the work of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire.The students who have learning difficulties helped build the garden for the first time at Chelsea.It has acid loving plants like Rhododendrons,Azaleas,and Primulas.The planting is luscious with lots of blousy colours.He said that this style of garden was old fashioned and would never win a medal...He won a gold medal for it.
 This was Sarah Prices first Chelsea show garden and was an evocation of the Dartmoor and North Wales from her childhood.A mixture of grasses,rushes,perennials,and meadow flowers have been planted around the stone paths and rills of water.
 There is a copper lined pool in the centre of the garden.Chilmark limestone forms the paths and is overlooked by a multi stemmed Birch tree.
It is a naturalistic style of planting and looks lovely.Boulders are sat at the end for sitting on and contemplating the scene.

 She has used this beautiful Lady Slippers Orchid..
 The Welcome to Yorkshire garden was one of my favourites.Inspired by the wild moorland frequented by the Bronte Sisters.
 Another Artisan garden I loved is the Japanese Satakora garden.It represents the area between the mountains and lowland.People used to live simply there in harmony with nature.
 It was designed by Kazuyuki Isihara and looks amazing.The attention to detail means it looks like it has been there for years.
 He won a gold medal and the best artisan garden award.
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