Chelsea Flower Show 2022 - Welcome to the Jungle
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Many of the studio After one year in September, the show was back to its traditional May slot and it being a year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there was additional sense of excitement and celebration.
There was also a special focus on eco themes connected with global warming and sustainability with small spaces becoming more important for – there were balcony gardens and houseplant studios again this year following from 2021.The Houseplant Studios, showcasing indoor plants, are buildings dressed to promote the benefit of indoor plants and inspire styling of visitors' own indoor spaces. They are gaining popularity for their wellbeing benefits, a sign that people want to make space for nature in their lives, even if they often do not have a garden as many young people do.
So this is the subject I would like to focus more as houseplants are very close to my heart, some 30+ potted green beauties living in my flat, too. And indeed the spaces were lush green and opulent with foliage tropical plants taking main stage.
There were six houseplant and the medals were awarded:
And here are some images I took of my favourite spaces
The design of The Plant Clinic was a collaboration between Sarah Gerrard-Jones, the author of 'The Plant Rescuer - The Book Your Houseplants Want You to Read' (Bloomsbury 2022) and the team at Happy Houseplants. Houseplants are often treated as transient items, and if they do not flourish, they are simply dispose so the team focused on showing the public how to make them recover and care better for them, so they stay with us for years. The interactive studio space acted like a huge humid terrarium with tropical plants and mosses with a lush green wall planting as a centrepiece.
The Plant Clinic - the detail of a cabinet showcasing small terrariums.
The Planted House with A Room to Dance
Botanical Rhapsody Studio was designed by The Edible Bus Stop and sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management. Here, like in many of other studios the outside and inside spaces get seamlessly joined through extended patios.
And last but not least the winner. The outside-room with a seating in the 'Planet Studio', designed by James Whiting, is filled with housplants such as Sanseviera trifasciata laurentii, Colocasia, Sarracenia leucophylla and Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish' and a shade sail provides shelter. It was also built by Malvern Garden Buildings.
'Planet Studio' carnival disco-plant-bar deatail from the interior
Clumps of airplants Tillandsia usneoides, resembling tangled hair, on the roof of the studio.
With so many exciting studios shown in 2022, I am really looking forward to see what trends and new plants will be presented this year. Plus a chance to buy your chosen plants on Sunday after the show closes! What a treat!
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