Friday 27 May 2011

Gardens at Chelsea 2011

A Monaco Garden (designed by Sara Eberle).
I thought this really captured the feel of a luxurious Mediterranean, with lovely use of oranges and blues in the planting.
The papyrus in the swimming pool looked great, but how would they cope with chlorinated water?

I didn't care for the orange and white flooring in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne's Australian Garden, but the planting, using Australian species,  was diversely interesting.
Cleve West won the Best Show Garden with his Daily Telegraph Show Garden, blending modern materials with classic - but superb - cottage garden style planting.

Dianthus cruentus, here with white Centranthus, is sure to gain a lot of attention after being used so strikingly in the Daily Telegraph Garden.

The Times Eureka Garden in association with RBG Kew, designed by Marcus Barnett, somehow didn't work very well, although the planting was attractive. The garden structure, with inspiration from plant cells was interesting but not terribly atrractive.

Judging in progress: the result for the M&G Garden (designer Bunny Guinness) was a surely disappointing Silver-Gilt.
Although perhaps impractical in several respects, I enjoyed the dense plantings of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees in the M&G Garden, especially when the sun came onto it later in the day.

The Laurent-Perrier Garden, designed by Luciano Giubbilei, was very simple and elegant, with a subtle bronze and pink paletter below beautiful multi-stemmed Parrotia persica standards.
James Wong's Tourism Malaysia Garden was a wonderful evocation of a tempting tropical scene, with the limes in the background suggesting clean-stemmed tropical trees. Not at all appropriate for the British Isles, but that is irrelevant in the fantasy-land that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The severe lines of the structure in the Tourism Malaysia Garden contrasting with the softness of the green wall beyond.

I liked the intertwing rills leading to the bathing pool in The Homebase Cornish Memories Garden (Tom Hoblyn, designer).

The planting was also delightful: anyone appreciating Asplenium scolopendrium cultivars gets good marks from me.

The inlays in the walls in Nigel Dunnett's RBC New Wild Garden were beautifully detailed.

Covetable fountains and sculptures by David Harber.

The cardiovascular suggestions in the British Heart Foundation's garden did not greatly appeal, but the pulse of peonies in the 'artery' is clever. I wonder if they thought about using Dianthus barbatus 'Heart Attack' in the scheme?

The show-off pod in the Irish Sky Garden by the egregious Diarmuid Gavin for Failte Ireland.

Ignoring the pod, the planting in the Irish Sky Garden was outstanding - an exquisite combination of shapes and textures in green.

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