With so much to see at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it is important to make sure that you know what is going on so that you don’t miss anything. Here are three suggestions of what we think will be the talking points from this year.
A field of poppies
Probably the most talked about exhibit before the show has even begun! Designer Philip Johnson who won 2013’s Best Show Garden, is collaborating with the 5000 Poppies Project, which was an installation at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Anzac Day 2015. Following on from the huge public response, an exhibit that you really shouldn’t be missing is the Field of Poppies. From reading the reported size of this exhibit, it may be hard to miss it! The display will incorporate around 300,00 handmade poppies that will cover 2,000sq m and will line the view from the Royal Hospital to the main showground. People of all ages and cultures have helped to make the poppies. This unique exhibit promises to be breath taking and really must be one that is on the top of your top priority list to go and see.
From Chelsea to Brixton
The plan for this garden is for it to be completely rebuilt after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in Angell Town Brixton. Several residents of the estate will be assisting with the original build at Chelsea, which is proving to be quite the discussion point, and it will be interesting to see how the judges react to their work. The designer behind this garden is Anne-Marie Powell who is designing this garden under the brief of the 2016 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden for Health, Happiness, and Horticulture. The hope with this garden is that it will help to bring the community together in the Angell Town estate. One part of the garden, however, is not planned for rehoming in Brixton. The potting shed in the garden will be made out of a shipping container and the residents of Angell Town decided that they didn’t want this element in their park!
RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2016
A really major part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is watching out for new trends. There are 12 finalists that have been shortlisted for this prize. They will be judged on criteria including: functionality, innovation, quality, visual appeal, environmental sustainability, and value for money. Here is the shortlist, which one (or more!) will make it into your garden this season?
- Burgon & Ball – Poc-kit
- Hozelock – Cloud Controller
- MKM Creations – Feature Wall Planter
- Mr Fothergill’s – Garden Time GroTray
- Sitting Spiritually – The Floating Bench
- Squareroot Planters – Rootator
- Solus Décor – Firecube 16in
- The Firepit Company – Tree of Life Fire Ellipse
- Agriframes – Big Ben Plant Frame
- Oxford Planters – The Stud Planter
- Sneeboer – Royal Hand Hoe – hand model
It wouldn’t be an RHS show without some rather fabulous catering, so don’t miss this either!
2015 show stats:
- 10,823 glasses of champagne
- 7,720 glasses of Pimms
- 28,447 cakes, pastries and cookies
- 64,144 hot drinks