|Andy Sturgeon's garden for M&G Investments, the sponsors of the show|
Monday, the official press day, offers so many distractions in the way of champagne, celebrities and catching up with your mates, that it's sometimes difficult to know where to look first - are you going to check out the new rose on the David Austin stand, or check out Ringo Starr on the WaterAid garden?
Walking through the gates of the show for the first time each year is a very exciting moment. What will the gardens be like? I've usually seen the sketches, but I find it very difficult to predict from the drawing how the garden will look in real life.
Anyway, here are some of the main show gardens. It was a very cold day, with grey skies, and a raw wind. Apparently, according to the weather forecast, we're set for much better weather later in the week.
|Cleve West's garden for Brewin Dolphin, the investment management company, who celebrate their 250th anniversary this year.|
|Detail of Cleve's trademark planting - a soft, loose naturalistic effect, with jolts of colour from the red poppies.|
|Joe Swift's first Chelsea garden, for Homebase and the Teenage Cancer Trust.|
|I loved this garden - I love the combination of rust, bright green and grey. Copper and rust are difficult colours to get right in a garden - they can seem overbearing or even slightly gloomy.|
|To me, the there seemed to be a very good balance between the structure and the planting - for example, the monolithic wooden screens that frame the views of the garden, and the branches of the young plane tree.|
|The addition of the plane tree helped the garden blend in to the Chelsea showground, merging seamlessly with the borrowed landscape of mature plane trees in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, where the show is held.|
|Tom Hoblyn's garden for Arthritis Research UK. The planting here was inspired by Beth Chatto's dry garden in Essex., although the design reflects the formality of the great Italian Renaissance gardens|
|TV gardening presenter and plantswoman Carol Klein filming in the Arthritis Research garden for the BBC's coverage of the show|
|More bubbles ....|
|... and a final flourish of Sturgeon bubbles|
|The garden designed by Sarah Price, one of the team working on the 2012 London Olympic Park in east London, for the Daily Telegraph. It's an evocation of the British countryside - water, woodland and wild flowers.|
|Nigel Dunnett's garden for the Royal Bank of Canada is designed to harvest and filter rainwater runoff. It's one of several gardens dealing with the theme of water (or lack thereof) at Chelsea this year. I loved the Turk's Cap lilies.|