What not to miss this year

Our se­lec­tion of the best prod­ucts, plants and fea­ture gar­dens to look out for at the show

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Contents -

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.

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