London’s famous Chelsea Flower Show opens this week with several of the usual designer suspects but also a swag of new and emerging designers. So will it be a little bit more cutting edge and a little bit less cow parsley?
Many critics have labelled the past few Chelsea shows as samey-samey, featuring lots of very decorative intermingled wildflower planting around rather plain and uninteresting open spaces. This year welcomes a few new designers like Hugo Bugg, Harry and David Rich, Matt Keightley and Jeremy Herbert (an ‘in house’ designer with Stoke on Trent’s landscaping team), although ‘new’ means ‘new to Chelsea’ not unknown, as most of the newcomers have exhibited at Tatton Park of Hampton Court Palace shows before.
I very much like the look of these 2 designs with their interesting ground plane shapes.
With 2014 the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, war features in two of this year’s gardens, by Matthew Keightley (Hope of the Horizon) and Charlotte Rowe (No Man’s Land).
I also rather like the look of ‘A Garden For First Touch’ by Patrick Collins, with its winding stream through a ‘valley’ of terraces.
Look out for Chelsea Flower Show 2014 news here on GardenDrum!