We had another wonderful day at Chelsea this year, catching up on all the latest trends in garden design. It was an inspirational day bursting with planting and design ideas to take away with us. With so much to choose from, here are my six highlights for this year…
My six stand out moments at Chelsea 2023:
The Biophilic Garden by Kazuyuki Ishihara
The Biophilic Garden by the multi award winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara lived up to our expectation from this designer for its sheer perfection. It is created around the biophilic design concept which is about the direct connection with nature experienced whilst spending time inside a building – in this case a ‘hanare’ (a small outside house). We were told by a Chelsea store holder, who had watched the garden being constructed, that the landscapers had painstakingly installed the areas of moss using tweezers to make sure it looked just right! There was no surprise then when this garden won a Chelsea gold medal.
The London Square Community Garden by James Smith
Delicate planting using pinks, whites and purples seem to be the colours of the moment and were seen throughout the showground this year. The trend is shown here in the gold medal awarded London Square Community garden by designer James Smith. The planting is beautifully crafted and interspersed with grasses, creating a wistful and romantic feel, which is reinforced by the swinging seat in the background.
Driftwood Sculpture by James Doran-Webb
We were amazed by the sense of life and movement created in the stunning driftwood sculpture of a galloping horse by sculptor James Doran–Webb.
In the background of this photo you can see a floral arrangement planted in the form of a crown, which the sculptor created to celebrate the King’s coronation this year.
Blackmore and Langdons Nursery Stand
The popping colours of these begonias and delphiniums stopped us in our tracks as we walked around the Pavilion.
They were found on the Blackmore and Langdons Nursery stand.
Raymon Evison Clematis Stand
Moving through the pathway on the Raymon Evison Clematis stand, we were met with every type of clematis in an array of colours, from pinks and purples to delicate whites and yellows. It reminds me that I need to plant one along my garden fence to replace a blue clematis which flowered for many years. My favourite has to be the ‘Peppermint’ variety with its delicate lime green shades.
The Savills Garden by Mark Gregory
The Savills Garden by designer Mark Gregory illustrated perfectly how to mix ornamental plants and edible varieties to create a beautiful garden to enjoy. His garden includes ‘edimentals’ – plants that are both edible and ornamental. The garden’s concept promotes healthy and sustainable eating and Gregory has cleverly interspersed bright pops of colour amongst the more gentle tones to create interest and structure. In our opinion, he definitely deserved the silver gilt medal that the garden was awarded.