A beautiful summer’s day saw the team enjoying the Chelsea Flower Show - Bill and Elizabeth have been before, but for Amanda it was a new experience. We were inspired by many of the beautiful show gardens, and especially liked the naturalistic style of planting which is in currently in vogue - good to see a move towards biodiversity.
Many of the gardens had a sustainable theme - from catching rainwater through to composting toilets!
Of course, the design, details, materials and planting were consistently excellent throughout the show, and we had an inspirational day out.
Here are just a few of our favourite show gardens...
The Telegraph Garden, designed by Sarah Price had an informal planting style, and dappled shade was very welcome on such a hot day.
Nigel Dunnett and TLA’s meadow planting set against crisp white walls - a lovely composition and biodiversity value.
Amanda, Hilary and Elizabeth managed to get a VIP entry to the Land’s End garden!
We particularly liked their green roof of clover.
Cleve West's design took the best show garden award - natural-looking planting compositions were the order of the day for many of the show gardens.
Even Patricia Fox's sleek ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ had a sustainable agenda, using recycled plant pots to create the furniture.
Lovely product design meant that features such as a rainwater butt and watering can in the Climate Calm Garden were not treated as a necessary evil, but rather incorporated as an attractive element within the garden.