Chelsea Flower Show 2012


The Chelsea Flower Show opens tomorrow, and we’ve gathered some of this year’s highlights to show you. As usual, there’s lots to inspire. The feel is less formal this year (with lots of cow parsley!).

'A Celebration of Caravanning' garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Nostalgia, and a tribute to that British pastime, caravanning, with The Caravan Club’s ‘Celebration of Caravanning Garden’ by designer Jo Thompson.

Westland Magical Garden

Diarmuid Gavin’s spectacular 80ft Magical Tower Garden, with seven terraces of planting.

Laurent Perrier Garden

The romantic mixed-style planting on Arne Maynard’s Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden was attracting admiring coos.

David Harber

David Harber‘s  beautifully-crafted sculptures and water features.

'Gateways' by Kirstenbosch

A ‘trompe l’oeil’ scene showing South African wild flowers, by Kirstenbosch.

Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow

The inspirational ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ makes use of vacant urban rooftop space to extend the office outdoors. Designed by Patricia Fox.

Orla Kiely's Artisan Retreat

And several designers were invited to decorate an ‘Artisan’s Retreat’ in their own individual style. The summerhouses were all donated by The Malvern Collection. This one, above and below,  is Orla Kiely’s vintage-inspired room.

Orla Kiely retreat, inside

The post-war look continues inside…

Artist's retreat

Kaffe Fassett at Chelsea Flower Show

Kaffe Fassett’s ‘Needlepoint Haven’ is an explosion of colour. We love the painted wellies !

Vicki Conran's bookbinder workshop

A good workbench, natural light, tools close at hand, all feature in Vicki Conran’s Bookbinder’s Workshop.

VV Rouleaux at Chelsea Flower Show

Annabel Lewis of VV Rouleaux created a ‘Passementerie Passion’ hideaway which houses her fantastic collection of ribbons and trims.

VV Rouleaux at Chelsea Flower Show

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