With the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 in full swing, we look at some of the most spectacular exhibitions on show at this year’s event
Words Brandon Clarkson
Gracing Chelsea with an eclectic range of designer gardens, award-winning cuisine and nurseries from around the world, the RHS Flower Show is back for its 107th year. Once again, the haute couture of flowers and foliage will be running from 21 until 25 May. At the centre of the show, the iconic Great Pavilion will once again stand tall, packing in the apex of specialist growers and nurseries from around the world. For everyday green thumbs to radical designers, Chelsea Flower Show will no doubt guarantee a bounty of inspiration.
Year after year, Chelsea Flower Show presents stunningly crafted gardens that represent the true spectacle of the show; with their magnificence and sheer innovation, never failing to inspire. 2019 looks to prove no different. Visionary gardens are named for the sole purpose of creating anticipation, especially in those with a visual appetite for tranquillity, perfection and of course, design.
At Absolutely, we’re most excited for the collaborative greeneries that showcase gardens that fully fuse settings in the most organic of fashion. Rustic structures are overtaken by nature at Walker’s Forgotten Quarry Garden whilst the Kampo no Niha is visually synonymous of Japanese culture and medicine, where every plant in this garden has its purpose for curing a plethora of ailments.
This May, childhood memories take us back to woodland gardens. The RHS Back To Nature Garden features a playful design created by Andree Davies, Adam White and none-other than HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Tyre swings hang low and trickling lakes meander through the grounds. Jump into your playful side; step out of the everyday and into a world away.
Silent Pool Gin has collaborated with acclaimed designer David Neale, The University of Surrey and Dutch pioneers Plant-e to produce The Anti-Stress Garden. This miniature oasis works by scientifically installing plants that soothe the senses of scent and sound. Among others, the blending of sweet roses, gorgeous elderflower and calming chamomile works by symbiotically blending with the sounds of Surrey Hill, creating a blissful response by the human body. This wonderful mix allows for the Anti-Stress Garden to decrease the body’s sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ feeling whilst increasing the parasympathetic response, the one that helps the body relax. To top of your afternoon, the Silent Pool Gin Garden is running a competition for a chance to attend the shows exclusive ‘after-hours’ party, with a G+T to hand of course.
If you’ve yet to visit the marvellous flower show, make this year the one. The exceptional gardens are set to be better than ever, with design standards at an all-time high. Be one with nature for the day or gather all the inspiration you need for your next gardening project.
The Chelsea Flower Show is on 21-25 May 2019; for more information, visit rhs.org.uk