What not to miss this year
Our selection of the best products, plants and feature gardens to look out for at the show
The best plants and products
1 Sitting comfortably Shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year, the Skal is a beautifully sculptural chair by Mojosi design studio, inspired by curling winter beech leaves. Made in either beech or oak and available laminated or steam bent, the chair’s design uses traditional boat-building techniques. Prices start from £575. mojosi.com. Stand number AR546.
2 Plant hunting wonders Look out for the Crûg Farm Plants display for more unusual planting ideas. This year Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones are celebrating the work of Edwardian plant hunter Ellen Willmott with inspiration from her garden on the Italian Riviera, including aspidistra. More than just a house plant, it’s a useful solution for areas of dry shade. crug-farm.co.uk. Stand number GPB124.
3 The enemy within Along with climate change and new virulent pests and disease, invasive garden ‘escapees’ are making us think about the way we garden. To find out more about which plants we should be avoiding the Property Care Association’s Invasive Weed Control Group has a display showcasing plants of concerns. property-care.org/ homeowners/invasive-weed-control/ Stand number GPA102.
4 Underwater garden The state of our oceans has taken centre stage as the reality of decades of polluting behaviours are highlighted. The Pearlfisher Garden, designed by John Warland, will represent above ground the beauty of the world underwater. Plants such as cacti and succulents represent corals and seaweeds, while the wall of the garden comprises thousands of recycled water bottles, representing the plastics pollution entering our oceans daily. Stand number RHW284.
5 Art in the garden Artist David Harber has been exhibiting his sculptural artworks at Chelsea for 20 years – with this year seeing him venture out into his first collaboration in a show garden, working with real estate services provider Savills. Each of David’s artworks has been created bespoke for the garden with his showcase piece Aeon in bronze and gold plate, promising to create quite a statement. davidharber.com. Stand number MA322.
6 Rose tinted Rose expert Peter Beales Roses is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion is launching a new climbing rose, ‘Fragrant Celebration’. The apricot-pink flowers are beautifully blowsy and have a sweet perfume. peterbealesroses.co.uk. Stand number GPF186.
7 Them indoors With the popularity in houseplants soaring, the Plants Work houseplant display in the Great Pavilion makes for an inspiring and informative stand. Created by award-winning Indoor Garden Design in conjunction with IKEA, the display highlights both the beauty and health benefits of including plants in your home. indoorgardendesign.com. Stand number GPA137.
8 Sharing the love Hardy’s Cottage Plants is celebrating 30 years of the nursery. Among an always noteworthy selection of plants, look out for new introductions Gaillardia ‘Apricot Honey’ with soft apricot-coloured flowers and Polemonium yezoense ‘Kaleidoscope’ with unusual leaf colouring tinged in purple. hardyplants.co.uk. Stand number GPC166.
9 Bending and shaping Tom Raffield studio returns with new items added to the range of contemporary, steam-bent furniture and lighting. Its stand has a prime position on Main Avenue and has been created along with planting by award-winning designer Darren Hawkes. Look out for the new hanging planter and plant stand. tomraffield.com. Stand number MA330.