I have just come back from this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London with my head full of inspiration, new ideas, bags full of plant lists and many many pictures on my camera. I will write in more detail about the gardens in the coming posts but first enjoy Studio botaniq's top 3 gardens:
No 1 Luciano Giubbelei's garden for Laurent Perrier
This is Luciano’s second Chelsea garden. His first garden in 2009 won Gold and was many people’s favourite garden. This year plants are far more in evidence than in any of Luciano’s previous work. The planting is sublimely understated, using a restricted palate of plants that are repeted throughout. The effect is a flowing tapestry of colours that echo the tints in Rose Champagne and seem as natural as the water that undulates and eddies beside it. The multistem Parrotia are a masterstroke. Very rare ( there are only 11 of these 35 year old trees in the world), their sinuous lines contrast with the rectilinear design of the garden and echo the oriental origins of the building. It’s a very sophisticated and stylish garden and one with a great sense of calm that makes you want to linger long after the crowds have gone.
No 2 Paul Hervey-Brookes for the the National Institute of Blind People
Created for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the garden is both a celebration of a new children's home & hospital being built in coventry and an exploration of the sensations of texture.
The garden explores texture both through raw natural hard landscaping materials along with high frequency and contrasting colours in its planting palette.
Overall the garden will be a place to engage with on a deeper level, a space which you will want to reach out to, touch and walk barefoot through.
No 3 A postcard from Wales by Katy Chrome & Maggie Hughes