From the 24th until the 28th of May the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be the centre of one of the biggest, famous and most important plant and flower displays in the world.
You do not have to be a gardening enthusiast to admire the great beauty of flowers. This is easy because in any corner of the home plants fulfil a decorative function and they add light and colour day after day. That’s why year after year thousands of people visit the Chelsea Flower Show, one of the biggest, most important flower and garden exhibitions in the world; it takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from the 24th until the 28th of May. According to the organisation there are approximately 160,000 visitors that don’t hesitate about coming to the exhibition. In fact due to limited space and great popular demand it is essential to get tickets somewhat in advance. This is because for a few days the hospital swaps its cold and grey image and gives way to a world full of sensations, colours and aromas with little gardens and vibrant horticultural displays where inspiration never fails. In fact the Chelsea Flower Show has become one of the most notable places to let people know about the new trends in gardening and also to recover some of the variety of older ones too, becoming garden design’s equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.
This time around the exhibition counts dozens of displays and among them those that stand out are “The M&G Garden” – designed by the renowned landscape architect Bunny Guinnes; “The British Heart Foundation Garden” where Anne-Marie Powell seeks to recreate the movement of veins and arteries, “The Homebase Garden” that preserves natural shapes and textures of Cornwall and a blue, pink and white colour scheme; “The Green Poem Garden”, created by Kazuyki Ishihara and based on the Nagasaki mountains, “The Monaco Garden” where Sarah Eberle illustrates the landscapes and architecture of Monaco, “The Australian Garden” designed by Jim Fogarty for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne that plots the flow of water through the Australian landscape and “The Skyshades Garden” where Marney Hall shows us the beauty of an office garden made from ecological materials and native plants.
Reservations and information: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2011. Date, time and place: 24-29 May. 8am-8pm (24-27 May) and 8am-5:30pm (28th of May) Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR
(Translated by Jemma Hall)