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.