There is no doubt that garden design is led by what is happening in the UK. Everywhere in the world, it seems garden shows are in decline so it is wonderful that the Royal Horticultural Society is opening a new show at Chatsworth in Yorkshire. It is said this show will be different…
“Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box”
Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director
This trend is something I have been seeing in two of the other prestigious shows put on by the RHS each year, Chelsea and Hampton Court. It is also seen in the work being done by that organisation through all their other avenues of information and education. Everything points to Greening Grey Britain through gardens that are climate-wise and wildlife friendly in a way that is easy to look after and without being precious.
Probably the RHS Chelsea Garden from 2016, Greening Grey Britain for Health, Happiness and Horticulture tells the story.
I don’t think there is one traditional formal garden in any of these shows in 2016. A far cry from only three years ago when I first visited them.
Outstanding Natural Beauty
This is not to say the gardens have lost any of their beauty. Far from it. Some are stunning like this blossom filled garden designed by Helen Elks-Smith.
Photo courtesy Royal Horticultural Society
Global Growth Garden
The other interesting move are tropical plants which seem to be becoming more and more popular.
The Global Growth Garden designed by Jane Bailey is interesting.
Cannas, daylilies, cordyline nigra from Australia – all work just as well in any tropical climate as July in the UK. Shades of tropical Queensland maybe…
This gardens also displays the move towards planting edible plants, in even the smallest of areas. It was designed to show off a fabulous selection of edible plants from across the world, which can be grown in most parts of the UK. Some plants are familiar, but visitors may be surprised to find that most of the plants have an edible element (such as dahlias and hostas), while other plants are completely new and different.
Just love the zing of pink of this canna against the green and black of the foliage.
Inspiration is not only given by the larger show gardens.
These shows provide so many little displays from the garden industry across the board.
From this whacky little front garden with its paw print lawn…
To amazing ways of displaying wonderful sculpture and recycled objects…
All worth a visit I’d say…