More Chelsea hap­pen­ings

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Chelsea 2016 -

With the theme of car­ni­val in hon­our of the Rio Olympics, lo­cal shop win­dows and streets are trans­formed May 23-28 with flow­ery events. (chelseain­bloom. co.uk).

The Grosvenor Es­tate will be go­ing large, with flo­ral ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from af­ter­noon teas to ex­otic or­chids (grosvenor london.com/ whats-on/ bel­gravia-in-bloom). Now five years old, the al­ter­na­tive gar­den fes­ti­val con­tin­ues across the UK, around the world and on­line, with every­thing from knitted plants, reimag­ined round­abouts and im­mer­sive art in­stal­la­tions (chelseafringe. com).

The in­vest­ment man­ager and Chelsea spon­sor runs a se­ries of events around the UK, based on gar­den­ing and Chelsea, in­clud­ing talks from Rosy Hardy (gar­den­ing. brewin.co.uk/ about). White­wa­ter

Grow­ers of show plants, the Hamp­shire nurs­ery will be sell­ing off stock from May 23 (white­wa­ter plant­cen­tre. co.uk). Else­where, the New Covent Gar­den Flower Mar­ket make their hotly an­tic­i­pated Chelsea de­but with

by event florist Veev­ers Carter. The tun­nel un­der the Rock Bank restau­rant, mean­while, fea­tures an in­stal­la­tion called by award win­ning Joseph Massie.

When it comes to new prod­ucts, there is a cheer­ful se­lec­tion for

award, in­clud­ing a Float­ing Bench from Sit­ting Spir­i­tu­ally, up­side down planters from Boskke, The Cloud Con­troller from Hoze­lock which re­motely mon­i­tors wa­ter­ing, and a bust of an amus­ed­look­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown from Had­den­stone (see front page). While the usual plant sus­pects – irises, al­li­ums, fox­gloves, achil­lea and salvia – are out in force, there are signs that the line-up is evolv­ing. Fol­low­ing the tri­umph of geum ‘To­tally Tan­ger­ine’ last year, de­sign­ers are re­vis­it­ing geums and the fre­quently promised pe­onies will be won­der­ful if they are in per­fect con­di­tion, al­though that is al­ways hard to achieve to or­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the plant lists, pastel colours are trending but the dis­cern­ing eye will no­tice a sub­tle em­pha­sis on rich shades of green. This is partly thanks to a surge of in­ter­est in ferns but de­sign­ers are also ex­per­i­ment­ing with box sub­sti­tutes, bring­ing clipped bay and yew into play.

It is al­ways the species not found in cat­a­logues and new to the RHS Plantfinder that cause ex­cite­ment among the botan­i­cal anoraks.

has sup­plied Prop­a­gat­ing Dan with yet-to-be-re­vealed in­tro­duc­tions and, with L’Oc­c­i­tane,

ex­quis­ite Proven­cal land­scape con­tains more than 200 re­gion-spe­cific plants. mean­while, has sur­passed him­self in at­ten­tion to de­tail. His Royal Bank of Canada gar­den cel­e­brates water – and to get into the part he vis­ited the dry Mediter­ranean pine habi­tat of Dibeen in Jor­dan and brought back seed to prop­a­gate him­self.

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