Yes, here I am! The Chelsea Flower Show Centenary is the event of the moment and I had to come. Always interesting, often inspirational, never dull, this year does not disappoint. An Australian garden won best in show and it was by far the most fun garden to view today because the garden makers are so thrilled with their win they have been putting on a good show all today – lots of Aussie humor and banter for the crowd. C
loser to home there is a Massachusetts garden, endorsed by Governor Patrick himself, although why it is a Massachusetts garden is not obvious to me. According to the designer’s brochure, the garden’s inspiration comes from “aspects of the life and work of Massachusetts poet Emily Dickenson who was a very keen gardener and botanist.” Indeed. This garden has the usual perennials one might find in a Massachusetts garden and something more – walls made of leather applique. Yes, garden walls made of leather appliqué. One sees the most unusual garden elements at Chelsea.
Garden journalists the world over are covering Chelsea this year as every year. To read more about what’s on offer have a look at the website hrs.irg.uk/Chelsea or pick up a gardening magazine. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from my two days at Chelsea.