Top 5 Trends from Chelsea Flower Show for 2019
29.05.2019 in News
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world since its inception in 1912. A trend setter known for some rather avant-garde displays, the show champions fashion and beauty in the horticultural world and this year was no exception.
Take a read through the top 5 themes and trends that ran through this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show:
One of the main themes in this year’s show was that of sustainability and finding eco-friendly ways of living. With our environment being the hot topic in the media, many of the displays were either made from eco-friendly resources or were built to raise awareness. Birmingham City Council’s garden named ‘Floella’s Future’ was designed in honour of Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and touched upon five themes, community, waste reduction, sustainability, clean air and water conservation. It was punctuated by a large head sculpture made of tubes shown drinking from a straw, a take on one of the biggest issues surrounding the environment now. An electric truck from the fifties (something we didn’t realise was possible in the fifties!) and a greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles was sown in to the display.
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Woodland areas and children getting out into the great outdoors was a theme in a few displays. The Duchess of Cambridge’s feature garden was one of the central stories in the news and at the show. Championing outdoor play for kids and creating childhood memories, this display featured a treehouse, rustic den, swing seat and a campfire and was built inside a wooded area.
The Resilience Garden by Sarah Eberle explored how forests and gardens can be made resilient to climate change. It was built to celebrate the Forestry Commission’s centenary and showcased different terrains and 140 different flowers. Nestled in amongst this display was a Ginko tree, a resilient tree that withstood the impact of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, a true testament to nature surviving despite human influences. This garden won two awards; a gold medal and a ‘Best Construction Award’.
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As exhibitors moved away from using plastics this year, metals and products made from natural materials were part of most displays. The Silent Pool Gin garden was no exception. Not only did they create a display that create environmentally friendly electricity by using microbial fuel cells in the garden’s ‘flowerbed’ roof, but they used beautiful metal copper and rust coloured planters, chair, shelf and water feature. This garden won a ‘Silver Gilt’ medal.
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Let It Grow
Gone are the days of perfectly trimmed shrubs and shaped bushes. This year was awash with meadow style displays and charming wild gardens. The Savills and David Harber Garden (Bronze Medal Winner) married the woodland, sustainable and wild growth trends together. The air purifying wetland area and serene design made for a refreshing take on the usual Chelsea exhibition of trimmed topiary and harsh lines. Gardens like these may be the way forward as we become more aware of the need for wild flowers for bees and other pollinating insects.
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Encouraging wild flowers and loosening the reigns on design, some exhibitors clashed their colours with gusto. Doing away with conformity, displays such as the pictured from Montessori Centre International (Gold medal Winner) saw reds, purples, pinks and oranges all bustled together. Compositions were kept colourful and anarchic but somehow, it all fit together. With fashion favouring the bold, this uplifting display kept visitors on their toes.
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