Saturday, May 22, 2010

A diversion to Chelsea

I was going to tell you all about Great Dixter, wasn't I? Well, I will, when I get a minute. I've been busy this week, because as well as my day job (night job, actually; I've been night-editing, which means working from 5pm to 12.30am), I've been moonlighting (or rather daylighting) at Chelsea, writing a preview piece which is in today's Independent. You can read it here.
So do forgive me if I'm a little incoherent with fatigue. I'm going back to Chelsea on press day (Monday) so I'll do a longer post about it then. In the meantime, here are some pictures to whet your appetites.
If you'd like to read a much more detailed preview, go over to Veg Plotting, where VP is discussing the latest trends, and the Eden Project show garden, Places of Change.


James Wong's garden for Tourism Malaysia - a fabulous tropical design inspired by lush rainforests

Vibrant dahlias on the Winchester Growers stand in the Great Pavilion. There's something about dahlias that makes them difficult to photograph in all their blazing glory. Or maybe it's just me..

Heucheraholics' display. They'd just started to build this, but I loved the glowing roof of Heuchera 'Sweet Tea'. Can't wait to see the finished exhibit.

Mark Gregory's garden for The Children's Society, which is designed to be a teenage hang-out, complete with plunge pool, firepit and pizza oven, where Jamie Oliver will be cooking pizza on press day. I know my kids would absolutely love it - and it's great to see something designed for older children to enjoy.

8 comments:

patientgardener said...

I love the Heucheraa roof despite not really liking Heucheras and James Wong's garden really reminds me of when I visited Singapore many moons ago

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Victoria, thank you for providing a glimpse of a show! I visited CFS in 1995, and feel like it was yesterday.

green living said...

Thanks for sharing the photograph. My children can't wait to visit Mark Gregory's garden. I've visited Veg Plotting, that's really cool. But...I'm eagerly waiting for your longer post about the event.

VP said...

Ooh you could get round the side of the gardens when you were there (I couldn't because there was loads of building materials and concrete mixers in the way) and Mark's green roof's in progress too :)

Great Indy piece - I'm so pleased you featured Mark because he invited me down to Chelsea for the build and was so kind to me on the day. I've been saving his garden for next week...

Ewa said...

Victoria, I loved the heuchera display, mainly because of the green and lavender color combination! These two look marvellous together!

Gail said...

I can't quite get my mind around how really large the Chelsea Flower Show is....The few gardens we've seen here and on VP's blog have been astonishingly creative~The ideas one could take home! The green building and the color of the heuchuras would translate into a container planting beautifully. It also makes me think of your garden~not in style but, its vibrancy. xxgail

fairegarden said...

You are so busy, Victoria, do take care of yourself now! What you have shown us is breathtaking, those breeders and what they have been doing with the heucheras is nothing short of miraculous! Glad to see the older kids being included too, they do tend to grow older, whether we want them to or not, and yours are so talented and delightful! xxxooo,
Frances

Northern Shade said...

Thanks for the Chelsea preview. I love the simplicity of the Tourism Malaysia garden, lots of tropical greenery with the straight line geometry of the arbour. I had to enlarge it to check the details of the lush foliage.