Chelsea Stars….2011 Show – First Report!

Members of BALI APL and HTA are strongly represented at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

British Heart Foundation

APL members The Garden Builders are building the British Heart Foundation Garden inspired by the incredible power of the human heart and highlighting the healing properties of plants; they are also building Kate Gould’s urban garden for the Magistrates Association.
Landform Consultants are also building not one but two show gardens. The RBC New Wild Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency, features a full size rain garden – a first for Chelsea. They are are also building a show garden for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, designed by Jim Fogarty which features Australian native plants.
APL member Graham Bodle is designing a sense stimulating garden for Doncaster Deaf School which is being built by Walkers Nurseries. Adam Frost has designed ‘The Lands’ End across the Pond Garden’ which is being built by New Ground Landscapes and Jamie Dunstan from Gardeners’ Boutique returns to

Winds of Change

Chelsea to build Stockton Drilling’s ‘Winds of Change’ garden which features unusual reclaimed objects including a prison door and a Victorian safe!
There will be plenty of inspiration too from members exhibiting in the Great Pavilion. Amongst those showing this year are Ball Colegrave who are launching five new patio novelties which break new boundaries in plant breeding. Exhibiting on the Generation Gardens Ball will be showcasing a range of traditional garden plants: Petunia, Lobelia, Begonia and Fuchsia which set new fashions for the patio with their ‘wow’ colours and performance.

Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Also exhibiting as part of the Generation Gardens are John Woods Nurseries. Their exhibit ‘A Fruitful Garden’, designed by Deakinlock, is an evolution of the company’s Gold Medal winning Upwardly Mobile display built for Chelsea 2010. It will demonstrate how a new homeowner can develop an existing front garden to grow fruit alongside existing planting with minimal fuss or outlay.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro company are working on a school gardening initiative. Schools from across the UK have been sending in pictures of their vegetable and flower growing efforts and the winning schools will be showcasing the fruits of their labour.

Doncaster Deaf School

This year’s exhibit from Hillier Nurseries poses the question ‘How does your garden make you feel good?’ Consisting of a series of interlinking gardens Hillier explore the different roles that a garden can take on from a meditative space, an active space, a wildlife haven or a party venue with the aim of inspiring visitors to create their own feelgood garden.
Hillier Nurseries have joined up with gardening website Shoot for Chelsea. The full list of plants showcased on their exhibit is being made available exclusively to members of Shoot who have logged into the website.
This year Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants have teamed up with Westland Horticulture. Hardy’s have been growing their plants using West+ for a number of years and are also supplying plants to a number of other gardens at Chelsea.
Millais Nurseries will be showcasing the wide diversity of Rhododendrons and Azaleas available, including some rare historic varieties and new selections from top international breeders. Rosemary Legrand will be launching her new range of double flowered deciduous Azaleas.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24 – 28 May)

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