Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chelsea Flower Show

Yes, it's over. The 2010 Chelsea Flower Show in London is over (well, almost; the winners have been chosen). I'm posting a couple of links since the American gardening blogs I read seem to ignore this event. First, Tom Stuart-Smith's Laurent-Perrier Garden, in a 360 degree view, which won a Gold Medal. Andy Sturgeon's Mediterranean-inspired garden was judged Best in Show. My preference is definitely Stuart-Smith's tranquil, understated design. What's yours? Here is a link to more on the Guardian website.

And then there is "Do Chelsea gardens benefit from having 'themes'?" by Anne Wareham on the thinkinGardens website. This one may fly over your head if you're not familiar with Chelsea.

(The photo has nothing to do with the show.)


  1. Last year there were more blog posts stateside about Chelsea. I think it's because we are a jealous lot! I'm actually writing a post for Designers on Design about it. They get it right--fund designers via corporate sponsors and give them the opportunity with fewer budgetary concerns to let their imaginations soar. I would jump through metaphorical hoops for that type of support in the show/display gardens I participate in. Mine are always compromised in some way due to budgetary constraints.

  2. TSS rather than AS every time. Both for planting and for design for that matter.
    Am working my way through the categories and doing posts. Show gardens last!
    Best Wishes

  3. Susan,
    I've always thought there is a strong cultural prejudice against the British garden community among American gardeners. They do have a gardening culture that far surpasses ours in numbers of the public interested in gardens and gardening, and that is reflected in the funding available for such events as the Chelsea Flower Show. This old world vs. new world thing has lasted centuries.

  4. Robert, I'm reading your posts with great interest. Thanks. It gives me a view inside I couldn't get otherwise.



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