CHELSEA 2007

If its May I will be off to the Chelsea Flower Show; I don’t think I have missed one in the last ten years. Here are some of my pictures and observations on this year’s show. If you want to explore the event in more detail then the Royal Horticultural Society is the place to go.

I get there brfore 8 in the morning on the Tuesday (May 22 this year); the payoff is twenty minutes to look round before the throng builds up.

I always go straight for the The Show Gardens

The winner of this category was “600 Days with Bradstone”, a futuristic space station on Mars …… A controversial choice

The people’s choice was “Celebrating 100 years of Hidcote Manor”.

However, my favourite was the Fortnum & Mason Garden designed to attract bees but they had been banished in case they stung the visitors !

Here are a few others that caught this selector’s eye.

The Telegraph Garden……………………….The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Cancer Research UK………………Through the Moongate (based on Yu Yuan garden in Shanghai?)

…….and a couple that won the wooden spoon in my view

The Lloyds TSB Garden……………………The Amnesty International Garden

Then there are always loads of garden ornements

before I get to the Courtyard Gardens

Moving Spaces, Moving on……………….Shinglesea

Le Jardin de Vincent……………………….Tufa Tea

and then a couple of City Gardens

Garden of Clouds…….and my choice…….City Haven

The Grand Pavillion used to be just a canvas marquee but now it is a larger, taller more solid structure. This has resulted in the exhibits becoming bigger and bolder. So, something like the first time display from “City of Durban” with a leopard up a tree would not have fitted!

…………………………

but the main feature of the Pavillion has always been flower and vegetable displays..

..and if you’re not careful you will trip over the BBC while they film.

Then, of course, there are the bonsai trees which, in my book, are worth a closer look (or should I say “bigger picture”). Like this 200 year old Chinese Juniper.

or this magnificent maidenhair-tree (Ginkgo Biloba)

and two more……..

One last look round to make sure I don’t miss anything, well not too much.

Be Sociable, Share!

Leave a Reply