Looking Forward to Chelsea

The World Famous Chelsea Flower show is next week and participating garden designers and garden builders are busy putting together exciting displays of garden inspiration for us all to enjoy, be amazed by, and to learn from.   Here in New England, we are having typical England weather (I have just stepped inside a clients home to do some laptop work while the crew slogs it out in the mud and rain).

I have been checking out the field show garden entries for this 2011 show– these are the gardens that I am most excited to see next week when the show opens.

Diarmuid Gavin, once again, has peeked my interest with garden on top of a garden. Literally. The Irish Sky garden looks to be exciting at the ground level, but then imaginatively, there is a crane dangling another garden (seating area) over the ground level garden. This is Chelsea, it’s not about reality (at least not if you want to have any fun) and  Diarmuid knows how to be a designer’s designer and fascinate, excite and inspire.  Do you think he will win gold?

diarmuid gavin irish sky garden

I am also quite interested in Marney Hall’s Skyshades garden. The idea behind the garden is that it is the “studio/office of a garden designer who works from home. The studio is powered by the very latest in photovoltaic technology, and Skyshades panels on the green roof supply all the power needed. The building has been designed by Philip Game, renowned for his extraordinary designs.

The planting incorporates a wide range of habitats – woodland, meadow, water, hedgerow, herbs and annuals – and features nearly 200 species.”

sky shades garden marney hall

Cleve West has, in the past, designed some of my favorite show gardens, so while his entry for this year isn’t grabbing me from the rendering or the description,  I still think it may end up being a personal favorite.

And lastly, Adam Frost has designed a garden that is inspired by the materials and design sense of Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is a great inspiration so I will be excited to see how it comes out.

lands end frank lloyd wright garden by adam frost

Have you followed any of the show gardens?  You can check out the plans and progress at the RHS website. What is looking interesting to you?

As usual, I can’t wait!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Studio 'g' on May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    if you want more coverage, make sure to become a fan of RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  2. Ann of Monona on May 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

    How very exciting! Bring back lots of ideas and pictures to share with us.

  3. Jim/ArtofGardening.org on May 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I’m excited — I’m going to be there this year! Will you be there on Friday? We’ve got a friend working there for his own friends’ displays that’ll give us a quick behind the scenes tour. Can’t wait.

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