A humongous green teddy bear, a moroccan quarry and a bevvy of giraffes; the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was rammed full of flowerful discoveries this year. There were 28 show gardens in total, 157,000 visitors, approximately 30 million flowers (that’s an educated guess) and the tickets sold out 2 weeks in advance.
Did you know? The great pavilion is big enough to park 500 double decker London buses!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show Winners 2017
Breaking ground by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam
Royal Bank of Canada Garden, by Charlotte Harris
Linklater Garden for Maggie’s by Darren Hawkes
The controversial moroccan quarry M&G garden, by James Bassoon
Silk road garden, chengdu, China by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins
In the Fresh category Kate Gould won gold with her Living City.
Plant of the year was an adorable dwarf mulberry tree that grows just 1.5meters high and produces fruit throughout the summer. The prestigious accolade went to the well and truly deserved 89-year-old breeder Hajime Matsunaga, who has spent many years developing the Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ (‘Matsunaga’).
Fresh flowers that are good for the soul!
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been running since 1913 and every year new areas are included to keep the content fresh. No pun intended.
New areas at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show were the Feel Good Gardens, named after DJs Jo Whiley, Anneka Rice, Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine and Zoe Ball, to help celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.
Designed by Sarah Raven, James Alexander-Sinclair, Jon Wheatley, Matt Keightley and design duo Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge.
The gardens are designed to ‘calm the body, relax the mind and make us feel better’. The gardens share the same aim as our Freddie’s Flowers flower deliveries, which is to upilft the senses! Fresh flowers, eh? Aren’t they wonderful. Whether they’re in a garden, in a flower show or in a vase in your home, they’re pretty good for the soul all round.
My flowers and other animals
When it’s Chelsea Flower Week one of the best things to do in London is check out Chelsea in Bloom. Freddie’s Flowers’ own urban explorer Claudia took her daughter Ziggy on an animal safari.
“Taking a two year old to the flower show sounded like no one’s idea of a good time, so we chose the more fun and less stressful option of wandering the streets of Chelsea. In full safari mode, we spotted glorious window displays and spied a number of exotic animals hiding in the jungle that is SW1W.
The dayglo giraffe on display outside Kiki McDonough’s gaff was particulary spectacular and drew the biggest crowd.
Hats off to the flower artists and shops who collaborate to put on such a superb show. The fresh flower sculptures are a floral treat and kept one small child and big kid happily entertained for hours.
We totally loved the majestic and magnificent lions at the Duke of York Square. And we sang songs from the Lion King all the way home.
Another year, another show is over – and whilst it’s pretty unlikely we’ll be including 10ft flowery giraffes in our weekly flower deliveries, we will bring you stunningly fresh and gloriously beautiful flowers to your door all year round. So why not give us a whirl? Our fresh flowers are only £22 a pop and they’ll brighten your week, every week.
And if you’re already giving us a whirl, or have been doing so for some time, do tell your friends. If they sign up and use your friend code, we’ll send you a free box.