RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Plews View

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. As the world renowned London gardening show reaches its final day, we offer you a selection of highlights.

From the show gardens, the artisan gardens, the fresh gardens and BBC Radio 2’s feelgood gardens.

Plus of course the delights and discoveries to be found in the Great Pavilion.

 

 

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 –  the Great Pavilion

There’s always so much to see in the Great Pavilion; it really deserves a separate visit. A whole day to really find out all the fascinating facts in the Discovery Zone, discuss the various merits of the Plant of the Year and Product of the Year finalists. To sniff the flowers and wonder at the floral displays.

 

The RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year

The winner this year was a fruit. Mulberry ‘Charlotte Ruse’. A dwarf form of Mulberry (Morus) bred especially for small gardens, patios and container growing.

Mulberry charlotte rosse, winner RHS plant of the year 2017, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Second place was taken by a Salvia (I love Salvias) Salvia ‘Crystal blue’; gorgeous.salvia crystal blue, 2nd place, RHS plant of the year 2017, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Third was Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Petit Orange’, another compact form and a glorious rich colour.Hibiscus rosa-sinensis petit orange 3rd place RHS plant of the year 2017, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

We also liked Chilli pepper ‘Dragons breath’, reputedly the hottest chilli at 2.48m SHU! chilli pepper dragons breath, finalist RHS plant of the year 2017, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Discovery Zone

Among the educational stands this year were Kew with their State of the World’s Plants display.  Based around the report of the same name which was published last week, we were given a whistlestop tour of the globe.

Kew, State of the Worlds Plants, discovery zone, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Kew, State of the Worlds Plants, discovery zone, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Finding Natural Solutions to Invasive Plant Problems showed what is probably the best way forward in dealing with the likes of Japanese Knotweed.

sap sucking psyllid vs japanese knotweed, discovery zone, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Oh and there were some stunning floral displays of course!

kites, floral displays, great pavilion, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – The Gardens

The gardens are divided into different categories.

  • The show gardens are the big showstoppers; the ones everyone wants to see and which are situated on the main thoroughfares.
  • The artisan gardens are the smaller gardens within easy hearing distance of the music at the bandstand.
  • The fresh gardens are generally more ‘concept’ orientated; a garden to explain an idea or theme rather than a garden design inspired by a theme.

This year there was a special fourth category: the feelgood gardens.

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Show Gardens

Water seemed to play a strong role this year, in contrast to last year’s drought tolerant planting. Although the best in show winner, M&Gs Malta garden was, for all its pool, a very arid landscape.

M&G Malta garden, show gardens, best in show, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

monoliths, M&G garden, Maltese quarry, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Unlike the Welcome to Yorkshire garden, with its coastline sound effects.

welcome to yorkshire garden,show gardens, boat, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

There were some wonderful structures in the show gardens; ones that actually gave to the garden rather than taking it over.

breaking ground garden, water, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

breaking ground garden, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Breaking Ground garden, with metal ‘walls’ and the Morgan Stanley garden with its oak loggia both had a theme of geometry running through.

morgan stanley garden 2017, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

It’s often the clever little touches that make a garden special. For example, the seating in the 500 Years of Covent Garden looked like it had been made from packing cases (posh ones).

500 years of covent garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, show garden

Plus colours, whether soft greens, the greening of grey Britain or the vibrancy of the Silk Road Garden.

royal bank of canada garden 2017, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

RHS greening grey britain garden 2017, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

silk road garden, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

silk road garden, peonies & primula, show gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Artisan Gardens

The shady avenue where the Artisan Gardens are situated was very welcome on the hot days of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Three of the 2017 artisan gardens had an obvious link to water pursuits.

Walkers Wharf garden rope, walkers wharf garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Viking Cruises garden of inspiration viking cruises garden of the imagination, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

and the Broadland Boat Builders garden broadland boat builders garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission celebrate their Centenary this year. Their garden included receycled headstones, and a mirror, for reflections on war and peace.

reflections , CWGC centenary garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

reflections , CWGC centenary garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

railings, CWGC centenary garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

 

Plus more…

poetry lovers garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

copper watering can, seedlip garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

daisy, world horse welfare garden, artisan gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

artisan gardens sign, twill, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Fresh Gardens

The Fresh Gardens are smaller than the show gardens and larger than the artisan gardens. They usually have a definite ‘message’ as their design concept.

The City Living garden is an excellent example of how darker spaces can still be filled with plants and colour

city living garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

city living garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

More mirrors in the Bermuda Triangle garden bermuda triangle garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

The Mind Trap garden is a personal journey through depression water feature, mindtrap garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

alliums in bud, mindtrap garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Breast cancer Through the Microscope also has a positive outlook breast cancer , through the microscope garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Beneath a Mexican sky has an interesting juxtaposition of cottage garden style planting with drought tolerant plants

Beneath a Mexican sky garden, bright colour & Shadows, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Beneath a Mexican sky garden, fresh gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – BBC Radio 2 Feelgood Gardens

bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 201

These gardens are a celebration of 50 years of Radio 2. Some of the radio presenters were involved in creating gardens to reflect the five senses.

 

Jeremy Vine Texture Garden

jeremy vine texture garden, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Jo Whiley Scent Garden

jo whiley scent garden, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Chris Evans Taste Garden

chris evans taste garden, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Zoe Ball Listening Garden

zoe ball listening garden, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

Anneka Rice Colourful Cutting Garden

anneka rice colourful cutting garden, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

anneka rice colourful cutting garden , RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, bbc radio 2 feelgood gardens

 

We were entertained and enlightened by all this and more. There will be further photos posted on Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest once we get our breaths back!

As for gardens and the great pavilion in previous years, you could download our free eBook, RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the Plews View. Available directly from our website. And if you would like to talk with us about designing your own ‘Chelsea garden’, please get in touch!

Hari, swing seat, chelsea 2017, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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