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RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Part 2 - More Gardens and the Grand Pavilion

By Ozhene @papaver
Following on from my first post looking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, here are my thoughts on some of the other gardens I enjoyed.  Firstly, the Living Legacy Garden for Wellington College and designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I always think it a little harsh to say that something 'only' got a silver gilt medal as it is no mean feat to achieve one, yet there is a sorrow that it did not achieve gold.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion It was a good garden, the burned stump with the guardian sculpture was impressive.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I might have been thinking about Gort, but not in a bad way (1951 version please, not Keanu Reeves).  It was raining quite hard at this moment so please forgive the raindrops on the lens.
The Beauty of Islam designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal also received a silver gilt, to which I feel I should add ‘surprisingly’.  It was a garden that needed more sun when I saw it, but it was very beautiful, very precisely designed with great lines and superb use of water.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion
 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw had some of the best sculpture of all the gardens and used extremely effectively.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion Good sculpture is one thing, but siting it effectively is a real skill.  The planting worked well and it was a good garden. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion Ok, I did have to look twice at the sculpture below as at first glance I was thinking that the facehugger was on back to front, but once I realised what I was looking at it made more sense.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion The garden received a deserved gold medal.
The Perfumer’s Garden in Grasee by L’Occitane, designed by James Basson was truly beautiful, albeit a little rainy).  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I did feel that this garden and Chris Beardshaw’s had got one of the more difficult plot locations.  I feel they are harder to see and easy to walk past, this is not a good thing and especially when reflecting on the amount of work and skill that has gone into making them.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I loved this garden and I was very glad to see it achieved gold which just goes to show that both it and Chris Beardshaw did not suffer judging wise. The garden had some fantastic specimen olive and fig trees and the planting was some of the best I saw at the show.    The Time in Between by Husqvarna and Gardena, designed by Charlie Albone, is a very effective garden and I was surprised to see it only achieved a silver-gilt.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion It made good use of its plot, the secluded area at the rear of the garden was beautifully designed and the planting worked extremely well.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion It was a joy to see Proteas being used so well.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion They are a hard plant to place in a traditional planting sense and you would not think they would go well with box balls, alliums and iris, but they did and were used to great effect.
Along to the Fresh Gardens, an area I think that should be encouraged even though I look at much of it and walk away perplexed.  A couple of gardens stood out:  the Dark Matter Garden for the National Schools’ Observatory, designed by Howard Millar Design Ltd, is particularly worthy of note.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion The rusted structure worked extremely well with the planting.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion The Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden designed by Ruth Willmott was also extremely well planted.  The silver birches shone in the rain and the planting was superb.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I also really liked the curved walls of the Pure Land Foundation Garden. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion The temptation to stroke the walls was almost too much.
Into the Great Pavilion and as usual the stands are just overwhelming with colour, scent and the skill and dedication of the nursery owners.   RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion Some are huge like The Surreal Pillars of Mexico, with its lavish dahlia planting.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion I always like to stop by Hardy's stand, as every it was at gold medal standard and superbly planted. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion Hilliers stand contained this lady with this rather fine get up. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion and it was totally compulsory to stop and admire the Cedric Morris irises on the Howard Nurseries stand,. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion You glimpse from one plot to another, taking in the sights of Thailand across a sea of hydrangeas.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion You also bump into people apparently lost from the 13th century, RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion and you see the most magnificent displays such as these lupins. RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion and I leave you with one of the most rainy pictures you will ever see,  RHS Chelsea Flower Show - part 2 - more gardens and the Grand Pavilion pity the human fence-post.

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