The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held for 100 years so this year was a very important celebration. You will know already that Australia won first prize for The Show Gardens category. Named the ‘Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings’. The designer was Phil Johnson of Phillip Johnson Landscapes. In the first photo, the people standing to the left – behind the grey wall are on an raised platform designed for viewing the garden. You can also see a line of people behind the wheelbarrow installation, they are waiting to get the prime position on the viewing platform.
It was designed by Ulf Nordfjell uniting French and English landscaping design. Two women garden designers were the inspiration behind the garden. Nicole de Vésian in Provence and Ulla Molin in her private garden in Sweden.
Our expensive tickets bought online for a wickedly inflated price. The ticket says £55 but we paid £85 each and then they charged £34 VAT. At an exhorbitant price of £40 they were going to post them to Australia. I organised to collect them in London as I did not want them going astray. The good news is that I did not have to pay the scalpers prices of £200.
Will I return, not in the near future and not because I did not think it was all worth it, I just find as I get older I do not enjoy crowds. Am I becoming a grumpy old woman?
The Queen, lot older than me, I am sure never tires of attending but then she gets to go every year on a special preview day. Her Majesty is number one VIP and why be the Queen of England if you cannot get the best tickets for free.
There is plenty to spend your money on from gardening supplies, the good old huntin’, shootin’, clothes and accessories, then there were plenty of paintings sculpture, prints inspired by all things botanical.
It was early morning before the crowds descended, the avenue was easy walking. So avoid the crowds come with me and see a little of what we saw. If you love flowers then make sure you look at this post in your browser not just by viewing it in the email – do click on the images if you want to see any photos in more detail.
And I got the mauve and black version.
Brick bats for not allowing us a pass to leave the show for a short time so we could go home and put on something warmer.
Yes we were in London not visiting a hill tribe in Thailand.
Really happy I planted a big batch of bulbs before we left Brisbane for our end of year Spring.