RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London: All Things Bright and Beautiful

A part of The Windrush Garden by the Birmingham City Council
A part of The Windrush Garden by the Birmingham City Council

In a world revolving around technology, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a reminder of the simple beauty of life. Urban habitats are largely defined by concrete; flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses have become vital for our existence. And for our health, and for all our senses. The show is a work of art unmatched by the finest jewellers on the planet, but it is also symbolic of what should be important to us. The planet is crying for more greens, nurtured through a sustainable manner of natural resources.

Not all of us can be gardeners – and certainly not of the mettle of those who put up displays at Chelsea – but we all need to have one as a friend, or even an employee or a contractor. Walking through the show, I wanted to take all of it home. I could not, but the memories will serve as a reminder that at least I need to make a garden for myself – even if it’s in a small balcony of a high rise apartment. Gardens are very accommodating in that sense.

NO EXCUSES AND SOME HIGHLIGHTS
Chatting with exhibitors at the show leaves you with no excuses to add a touch of nature in your immediate habitats. Some of the highlights of the show included:

* Space to Grow: This category of gardens showed how to incorporate plants into our lives, no matter how modest the available outdoor spaces. Adequate information for the same was displayed, including the right planting choices for different conditions.
* Master Growers: For awe value, five leading nurseries were selected and awarded for using sound, skilful production methods to cultivate plants.
* Show Gardens: These were spectacles to thrill and delight, like David Harper showing how sculpture can be incorporated into garden design.
* Science Meets Gardening: Science has enabled plant health to make great strides in recent times as was amply displayed. Fifty Shades of Gold highlighted the importance of colour in the plant kingdom, The Power of Bees demonstrated how honey can make money for the world’s poorest, while The Enemy Within offered advice on invasive plants.

JOIN ME FOR A WALK
Of course, the best part of the show is to keep walking – even if it means you go around in circles. No matter how many times I passed by a spot, something new always caught my attention. Join me.

The trip was facilitated by British Airways and British Council India.

A model at ‘The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden’ installation to raise awareness of how epilepsy, a neurological disorder, remains a challenge despite strides in modern medicine. The gardens represented different states of a seizure, from calm to heightening of the senses.
A model at ‘The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden’ installation to raise awareness of how epilepsy, a neurological disorder, remains a challenge despite strides in modern medicine. The gardens represented different states of a seizure, from calm to heightening of the senses.
The Supershoes, Laced With Hope Garden: Have you ever ‘walked a mile in someone’s shoes’ to see how it feels to be them? How about walking a mile in the shoes of a child diagnosed with cancer? This garden tells the story of a child’s journey following a diagnosis of cancer, put up by the Supershoes charity. Sculptures represent these children and their families; use of bright colours and large flowers provide a psychological boost in stressful times.
The Supershoes, Laced With Hope Garden: Have you ever ‘walked a mile in someone’s shoes’ to see how it feels to be them? How about walking a mile in the shoes of a child diagnosed with cancer? This garden tells the story of a child’s journey following a diagnosis of cancer, put up by the Supershoes charity. Sculptures represent these children and their families; use of bright colours and large flowers provide a psychological boost in stressful times.
Have some fun with the mother - daughter pair of Siberian Huskies. Their names? Myah and Fluke.
Have some fun with the mother – daughter pair of Siberian Huskies. Their names? Myah and Fluke.
Believe in living life in the slow lane? A horse cart is what you need.
Believe in living life in the slow lane? A horse cart is what you need.
This cock makes a wake-up call too - on the importance of natural and sustainable living where reduce, reuse and recycle should be our mantra. Created by Chi Africa.
This cock makes a wake-up call too – on the importance of natural and sustainable living where reduce, reuse and recycle should be our mantra. Created by Chi Africa.
Do your gardens attract birds? Recycled creations by Chi Africa.
Do your gardens attract birds? Recycled creations by Chi Africa.
Challenge for you: How many flowers went into this installation?
Challenge for you: How many flowers went into this installation?
Imagine this as your home! Tiny, using minimal resources, beautiful, and so appealing to the senses. Scones and tea coming up!
Imagine this as your home! Tiny, using minimal resources, beautiful, and so appealing to the senses. Scones and tea coming up!
The Windrush Garden tells the story of those individuals from the Caribbean travelling to Britain to start a new life, incorporating facts about life in the Caribbean, the journey over and their new life in Britain. Created by the Birmingham City Council, the connection between Britain and the Caribbean is demonstrated through the vibrant fashion, flora and food.
The Windrush Garden tells the story of those individuals from the Caribbean travelling to Britain to start a new life, incorporating facts about life in the Caribbean, the journey over and their new life in Britain. Created by the Birmingham City Council, the connection between Britain and the Caribbean is demonstrated through the vibrant fashion, flora and food.
Headturner!!
Headturner!!
A gold winning entry!! South Africa’s installation won gold this year - its 36th in the 43 years it has exhibited at the international flower show.Designer and gardener Leon Kluge of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and his team presented a culturally oriented display featuring not only South Africa’s unique flora, but also the Cape Flats.
A gold winning entry!! South Africa’s installation won gold this year – its 36th in the 43 years it has exhibited at the international flower show. Designer and gardener Leon Kluge of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and his team presented a culturally oriented display featuring not only South Africa’s unique flora, but also the Cape Flats.
When frogs go fishing!
When frogs go fishing!
A cuppa anyone?
A cuppa anyone?
A cuppa anyone?
A cuppa anyone?
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
Driftwood sculptures by James Doran-Webb
The David Harper and Savills Garden: The garden portrays man’s interaction and involvement with his environment over time; the evolving plants and sculptural elements embody the evolution of this relationship and the main focal point - Aeon, a nucleus of energy, attempts to keep the planet in a state of equilibrium.
The David Harper and Savills Garden: The garden portrays man’s interaction and involvement with his environment over time; the evolving plants and sculptural elements embody the evolution of this relationship and the main focal point – Aeon, a nucleus of energy, attempts to keep the planet in a state of equilibrium.
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