The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious.
Gold Winners of 2015
A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane
The perfume industry in Grasse has been in decline for several years and many of the traditional plantations have become overgrown; but now with the support of ecologically sensitive companies like L’Occitane, the industry is experiencing a significant renaissance. The garden is designed to reflect this, with historic elements and a naturalistic view to represent the history of the perfume industry, combined with an emerging, more tended feel that shows the importance of Grasse in the current perfume industry.
The Telegraph Garden
Marcus Barnett has designed a garden inspired by the De Still Movement. The Telegraph Garden reflects strong rectilinear geometry with coloured blocks contributing colour and textural relief, whether viewing from within or when viewed from above. Two walls punctuate the boundary hedges and act as canvas foils to the plants and garden. Trees and hedges introduce vertical detailing, sculptural form and dappled shade, forming the main structural elements and complementing a series of paths and waterways.
Plants have been selected to provide harmonious tonal balance and textural contrast within rectilinear planting spaces. Vibrant primary colours and closely related tones used by the De Still Movement are emphasised, with restful and balancing foils of green and white.
The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden
Morgan Stanley is making its debut as a Chelsea sponsor with a show garden designed by Chris Beardshaw to mark the firm’s global Healthy Cities initiative. After the show, the garden will be transferred almost entirely to form the centrepiece of a new community project that is being launched by Morgan Stanley in East London.
Within the design Chris has considered the mechanism of what makes a city healthy and, by definition, what creates a healthy community. The formal geometry of paths, hedges and walls symbolise the physical infrastructure of a community, while vibrant plants denote the social elements within as they are diverse in origin, colour and character but work together to form a successful community.
Its influence spreads far beyond the white picket fences and perfectly trimmed hedges of the nation’s gardens. You’ll find those pretty petals blooming among wardrobes too and where better to show them off to their full effect than at Chelsea, the horticultural world’s answer to fashion week? Here you’ll find a wealth of beautiful botanicals, blooms and green-fingered marvels to inspire a seasonal wardrobe – for those, even, who fear the humble flower.