Chelsea Flower Show - (22nd to 26th May)
Although no longer the UK’s biggest flower show, the Chelsea Flower Show remains the most prestigious and has been held in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital since 1913.
This year the show is being held from 22nd-26th May from 8am-8pm, giving you the chance to explore and experience the show gardens, with exhibits ranging from contemporary and urban chic, to romantic and tropical. There’s also a chance to view the gardens and buy flowers and plants at 4pm on Monday 28th May.
Last year saw landscape gardeners and designers go to exciting new lengths to come up with breathtaking show gardens. One such exhibit was the gold award winning Irish Sky Garden designed and built by Diarmuid Gavin.
Inspired by the visual effects of the film Avatar, Gavin’s creation includes a room suspended by a crane that overlooks a garden with no fewer than 25 pools positioned to reflect the craft in the sky.
The show stopping gardens for the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show look set to be another triumph, with designers stretching the boundaries and creating new and wondrous displays.
Highlights of the forthcoming show include The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price, A Celebration of Caravanning by Jo Thompson and The M & G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon.
Each garden designer brings their personality and vision to their particular plot, with Sarah Price opting for an ethereal garden full of natural stone that evokes the British landscape.
This is Sarah’s first major garden design that she is creating by herself and no doubt she is feeling the pressure as The Daily Telegraph Garden has won Best in Show gold for the past 3 years.
New for this year is Fresh Gardens - designers are being challenged to create something fresh - an unusual garden that exudes imagination, innovation and colour.
As the show approaches, only a handful of tickets to this spectacular horticultural event remain.
John Lewis Insurance:
If you’re a keen gardener and you’re heading to one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s flower shows to find some inspiration for your garden, make sure that your Home Insurance includes your garden.
John Lewis Garden Cover includes up to £5,000 for loss or damage to plants, trees and contents in the open. This cover includes items such as paddling pools, barbecues, bird tables and ornaments.
Under your Home Insurance policy, bicycles, tools and other possessions locked in your garden shed or garage will also be covered, and your garden walls and fences will be protected against damage that was not as a result of a flood, landslide, storm or general wear and tear.
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