RHS Chelsea Flower show 2016 – Stunning displays with a twist
The RHS Chelsea flower show, the event that was held on the 24th to the 28th May 2016, was another spectacular success. Record numbers of visitors crowded round the numerous stunning exhibits, which highlighted the depth of superb knowledge and application in the horticultural world.
The standard on display was simply breathtaking with floral couture at its very best in full view of the thousands of visitors. This year the crowds were treated to some highlights, some of which we have highlighted
“A Modern Apothecary garden” with its Slide Salad Display by Jekka McVicar for St John’s Hospice, was an unusual but extremely clever and enticing way to introduce herbs and their medicinal benefits. The display utilised herbs placed within various garden ornaments and garden furniture to bring to life the uses of herbs, in our modern society. There is no doubt that herbs play an important role in health and this garden display highlighted that fact in an entertaining and stunning manner.
British Eccentricity was displayed at Chelsea, with aplomb, with a display which depicted gadgets in the setting of a garden. In fact for those who enjoy gadgetry, Diarmuids Gavins, “The British Eccentrics Garden” will have no doubt enlivened their senses. Sponsored by Harrods, the garden displayed bizarre and eccentric garden gadgetry that actually came to life every 15 minutes. Simply breathtaking.
As is always the case, themed gardens encompassed style and in some cases delivered thought provoking aesthetic appeal. One such garden was “The Border Control Garden” sponsored by The United Nations Refugee Agency. The aim of the garden was to highlight the difficult and troubled road that many refugees have to face simply to find shelter. The garden itself comprised of a meadow populated with wildflowers to signify the countryside and a child’s tractor and fragment of clothing hanging from a fence. Unsurprisingly, this stunning garden achieved a gold medal.
The flower show was one for the senses, visual, olfactory and audible, however it also delivered moments of solemn reflection. A show which delivered on all counts and one which will live long in the memory.
Here is to the next RHS Chelsea flower show in 2017