The top highlights from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

Last week saw the arrival of the annual Chelsea Flower Show – and it was bloomin’ marvellous! Packed with more than just flowers, this year’s show proved to be a summer spectacular with some show stopping spaces, wedding proposals, and participation from the Royal family.

If you haven’t been following the show, we’ve rounded up some of the best bits for you to see. Take a look at what went on.

Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden

House Beautiful

The Duchess of Cambridge gained a royal seal of approval for a her Back to Nature Garden designed for the Chelsea Flower Show last Sunday evening.

Kate wore a floral Erdem dress as she joined other members of the Royal Family to showcase her creation, designed with children in mind.

Kate’s magical garden featured a tree house, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.

See what Kate wore, here.

Chelsea Flower Show first for Welsh grower

BBC

Proving it’s not just about flowers, a tomato has made history by becoming the first to be officially registered with a Welsh name.

Y Ddraig Goch – the Red Dragon – is a new variety of tomato grown for the award-winning gardener Medwyn Williams.

The tomato is now listed on the official EU plant variety database, which keeps a record of all commercially available plant stocks.

The Roots in Finland Kyro Garden

RHS

Taina Suonio’s garden brings  the rich biodiversity of the Finnish countryside to the city. Underlying her design is the research she does at the University of Helsinki: environmental biologist Suonio is an expert in urban greening, lauded for her green roofs.

In this urban garden the countryside of Finland, a nation of 188,000 lakes, is represented, melding rural landscape and contemporary design. The boundary fence has been reclaimed from an old barn, the tonal value of its weather-beaten planks picked up in the polished, bush-hammered and flamed granite paving, the benches and floor of the sunken garden – this a nod to traditional stonemasonry.

A cascading water feature symbolises rivers and rapids as well as Finland’s cultural relationship with fresh water.

A bloomin’ engagement

ITV

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more wholesome, there was a heart-warming marriage proposal at this year’s show. The loving couple celebrated their engagement after using Welcome To Yorkshire’s garden as the setting for the proposal on Tuesday May 21.

The big event meant it was a magnificent day for the Yorkshire garden, which received a highly coveted Gold Medal from the RHS organisers.

ITV News reported on the event, and bosses said it was “a fitting celebration, as the tourism organisation celebrates its tenth anniversary and tenth garden at the world-famous flower show”.

 

The Camford Climate Change garden

It’s always nice to see a good cause take home the gold, and it was a huge celebration for one charity this week.

The Camfed garden was designed by London garden designer Jilayne Rickards and is called The Camfed Garden: Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow.

The beautiful space which won gold in the Space to Grow Gardens category, features a breeze-block school house and crops that girls are taught to grow, such as okra and peanuts.

Regardless of the big win for charity, the press focused on the support it received from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who support the African charity Camfed, and co-designed the climate change garden.

The garden with no flowers

Daily Mail

For the first time in the show’s history– an almost entirely green garden with no flowers in sight – won the coveted Best in Show award.

The M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, was crowned as the Best in Show by the Royal Horticulture Society’s judges yesterday.

The controversial design received a lot of comments from visitors which ranged from ‘disappointing’ to ‘brave’, but one things for sure, the winner is the talk of the gardening world.

Set against huge, blackened oak sculptures that look like rocks and weigh 15 tons, the garden symbolises the ‘regenerative theme of new life’.

Sturgeon spoke exclusively to The Mail Online. He said inspiration came from seeing black rocks in Australia on a beach in Merimbula in New South Wales.

‘It gave me the idea, of a garden where new plants are colonising after a lava flow. I wanted it to feel like it’s being taken over by plants.’