My Adventures in Chelsea Flowers Shows. The Last Five Years

May 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

What a better subject for a new post than the RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. It is June now, and we have this year's Chelsea show behind us but there is 

 

I will be happy writing all month about its different aspects! I visited the show in 2010 for the first time, still a student at Capel Manor College, getting half a day ticket, not seeing it all with little time available. Still, I was smitten by the beauty of the horticultural creations on show. Visiting every year ever since, usually all day now, I even managed to take a few photos with my Nikon D90 I bought a year earlier. I will write another post with tips on how to best take a few nice photos during a show, with a DSLR and no tripod in a crowded environment. Over the last 5 years, I could see certain trends becoming more and more important. What really makes me happy is that the designers really do care about Biodiversity, trying to make their gardens not only elegant and beautiful but also helping nature.

- Natural materials: wood, stone and wicker

- Recycling

- Naturalistic planting framed by geometric structures

- Highlighting textures eg. trees with ornamental bark

- Planting on green roofs and vertical walls

- Sensual gardens created with a particular client in mind ( e.g. raised beds for the elderly or disabled gardeners )

- Sustainability

- Wise use of water

- Encouraging biodiversity and sustainability: hiding placed for insects , birds and small mammals, using native plants or old varieties of plants Using vegetables, fruit and herbs in ornamental gardens ( e.g. ‘M&G Garden in 2011 ) 

Chelsea Flower Show 2013Shooting the whole show with only a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor lens. Not too bad for a really downcast weather with lots of rain on the day :)

 

 
 

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