The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
Your Homyze love a good garden (and their gardening) and this year some of the Homyze got the opportunity to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 for some inspiration. The Chelsea Flower Show is still the pinnacle of the planting and gardening worlds and this year was no different. From ingenious new products and novel arrangements through to concept gardens and landscaping, the Show has something for everyone.
There is one word that is not normally associated with the Chelsea Flower Show, and that word is ‘controversy’. But 2017 had it in spades (or shovels, or trowels!) and it started before a single seedling had been planted. The number of show gardens fell dramatically from 17 in 2016 to 8 in 2017 (down from a record 21 in 2008) after a number of sponsors pulled out, with the main reason cited being Brexit.
We think that is a possible, albeit a temporary influence, as for us here at Homyze we have never found people more engaged with their gardens and more keen to make the most of their outdoor space to enhance the amenity of their home. We love gardens whether they are used for aesthetic, functional or food reasons and the Chelsea Flower Show allows you to see all these things in a concentrated format. It’s the latest from all of the gardening world in the grounds of the Royal Hospital.
Everything’s gone green
Less a case of environmental friendliness as has been the case in previous years, the Green revolution of 2017 is one of colour. There are huge swathes of greenery, with layering and texture coming from careful training and differences in foliage. Colouring is used in accents as was shown in the Best Show Garden winner – the M&G Garden by James Masson.
Living in a Post-Industrial World
One other trend that we saw was the repurposing of relics of an industrial past, and incorporating it into the hard landscaping – giving a new lease of life to the land. This could not only be seen in the Best Show Garden which showed how to adapt a limestone quarry in Malta (if you happen to have one of those in your back garden) but also in the 500 Years of Covent Garden display as well as the Walker’s Wharf Garden which both used real or imagined elements of periods past to great effect in their gardens.
It’s fair to say that the attendees and judges do not always see eye to eye on the best the Show has to offer, and this year we again saw people rebel against the opinion of ‘experts’! It is fair to say that the Best Show Garden did not resonate with a lot of the attendees for whom a limestone quarry in Malta may be just a little too removed. The Morgan Stanley Garden by Chris Beardshaw, however, was greeted with enthusiasm across the board and with the mixture of formal and informal plantings and a tremendous variety and diversity of foliage this could be seen to celebrate the best of London today – truly a garden of our time!
The Breast Cancer Now Garden by Ruth Willmott which won the People’s Choice Award showed that not only the message but the medium can be important and with the layering of both plants and pointers to provoke thought, the garden succeeds on a number of levels.
The Domestic Gardener
One of the questions that attendees of the Chelsea Flower Show always ask is, “How can I adapt what I have seen?” or perhaps “How is this relevant to me?”. As inhabitants of London, Homyze found these questions particularly well-answered in The City Living Garden by Kate Gould.
As was stated in the garden description:
City Living is an imagined space in an urban apartment block, providing the occupants with attractive and useable small gardens. Visitors can see a series of private greened spaces built across three different levels using innovative materials and featuring overhead screening to provide privacy. Steel boundary structures echo those of the building façade to create a sense of enclosure and architectural continuity, while a water feature, communal seating areas and structural planting create a sense of tranquillity.
The planting explores the possibilities of using hardy, tropical and shade-tolerant plants to create leafy and inviting environments. These multi-level gardens highlight the importance of greening inner city spaces, not only for residents’ enjoyment but also to benefit the environment as a whole.
Homyze couldn’t have said it better themselves …
The Show Must Go On
Now that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is over for another year, we hope that like us, you have had your appetite whetted for just what potential your outdoor area may have.
Whether it is a patio for a barbecue with friends, a lawn to kick a ball with your kids or an area for quiet contemplation, London’s gardens have a tremendous impact on the overall amenity value of your home. If Homyze can help in any way in realising this, just let us know! Our professional gardeners are here to help!Thanks to the RHS for another great show.
Thanks to the RHS for another great show.