Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of the gardening year. Every year the standard seems to get higher, and every year tickets sell out even earlier in advance. This year, we even had sunshine! If you’re not able to get there, here’s what inspired us…

Chelsea Flower Show - The Khora Dome

The The Khōra Dome, in steel and curved glass, is an imposing rotunda structure by British designer/engineer Louis Calmels. Measuring 5 metres in diameter, and 7 metres in height, it’s the ultimate “room with a 360⁰ view”!

Chelsea Flower Show - Renaissance Garden

The Brand Alley Renaissance Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes. A formal garden, using plants found in northern Italy that also grow well in the UK.

Chelsea Flower Show -Haddonstone Soane Museum collection

Haddonstone, leading designers of architectural stonework and garden ornaments, have launched a collection of replicas of works in the Sire John Soane Museum. This ‘Mouth of Truth Mask’ (chosen as Garden Products of the Year Finalist) is similar to the Bocca della Verita in Rome.

Chelsea Flower Show - Charlotte Rowe Garden

Designer Charlotte Rowe‘s ‘No Man’s Land’ Garden for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to mark the centenary of World War One. Designed to be  a reference to the Western Front but also to reflect the state of mind many servicemen find themselves in when they leave the Army. The water basin represents the many deep circular mine craters that lie all over the Western Front and now have become peaceful havens for plants and wildlife. Stephen Fry (in the cream jacket) was on the stand with Joey the war-horse…

Chelsea Flower Show - David Harber

David Harber‘s stand, with two versions of the ‘Quill’ sculpture and in the background, ‘Hydra’ in a verdigris finish.

Chelsea Flower Show - A Place in the garden

Elegant zinc planters and leaf balls from A Place in the Garden.

Chelsea Flower Show - Lichen Garden Antiques

The M&G Garden is designer Cleve West’s version of a classic Persian garden of 1,000 years ago. The octagonal limestone fountain, along with all the paving and walling, and  the stone for the stunning Tree of Life carving has been supplied by Lichen Garden Antiques.
Chelsea Flower show - TheTelegraph Garden

Another Italian-inspired garden, designed by Tommaso del Buono for The Telegraph. Enclosed on both sides by a bay hedge, it’s shaded at both ends by a canopy of 12 ‘roof trained’ lime trees.

Chelsea Flower Show - Alitex

Inside Alitex’ Victorian-style greenhouse.

Chelsea Flower Show - David Austin Roses

A table set for a very English cream tea on David Austin’s stand.

Chelsea Flower Show - South West in Bloom

A wonderful display of cabbages on the Fifty Golden Years of Bloom in the South West stand.

Chelsea Flower Show - Viking Garden

A Viking feels the heat in the Norse Garden, designed by Sadie May Stowell.

Chelsea Flower show - Artisan Retreat - Tom Raffield

The Artisan Retreats are always a favourite of ours. The garden buildings are all supplied by The Malvern Collection, and come in many shapes and sizes. Inspired by the beauty and tranquility of his Cornish surroundings, Tom Raffield’s retreat (above and below) displays his contemporary lighting and steam-bent furniture.

Chelsea Flower show - Artisan Retreat - Tom Raffield

Chelsea Flower Show Artisan Retreat - Lindsay Alker

Fabric and wallpaper designer Lindsay Alker’s ‘Garden Studio’ (above and below) has been inspired by the Arts & Craft movement and the simplicity of Shaker interiors.

Chelsea Flower Show Artisan Retreat - Lindsay Alker (interior)

Chelsea Flower show - Artisan Retreat - Shauna Richardson

Acclaimed artist Shauna Richardson creates life-size animals using crochet (and coined the term Crochetdermy® to describe the technique). Her latest work is ‘Bojo’, a blond gorilla depicting Boris Johnson, the larger-than-life Mayor of London!

Chelsea Flower Show -  the Topiarist garden at West Green House

The Topiarist Garden was inspired by the remains of a historic bothy and courtyard garden at West Green House, home of Marylyn Abbott, garden designer and author.

Chelsea Flower Show - NFU/Waitrose

Hydrangeas, alliums and cabbages on the NFU & Waitrose stand in The Great Pavilion.

chelsea Flower show - Marston & Langinger

Marston & Langinger’s greenhouse, above, and Potager Garden, below.

Chelsea Flower show - watering on the Alitex stand

Find out more about the Chelsea Flower Show on the RHS website:, and see who won this year’s coveted awards:



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