It’s that time of year again; time to get the diary out and book a day to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is on 22 -26 May 2012.
A day off clears the mind and a trip to Chelsea will inspire every sort of gardener. Don’t be put off by the name Flower Show because there are plenty of vegetables to see as well.
A modern take on a traditional kitchen garden, combining a beautiful space with a working plot producing fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers has been designed by M & G. The garden features raised beds where cabbages and beans mingle with clematis and roses. Lavender and herbs add fragrance and terracotta pots containing fruit trees appear throughout. They have a glass deck, that appears to float, & offers both a view of the garden and a sheltered space for people and plants below. The garden is framed by pleached trees nearly three metres tall.
Pleaching is a technique to weave the branches of trees into a hedge or to form a quincunx. A quincunx is a geometric pattern consisting of five points arranged in a cross, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center. This is a standard pattern for planting an orchard.
How stimulating is that! Lots of ideas to keep the vegetable gardener awake at night!
There will be plenty more to see at Chelsea, including:
- new plant introductions
- new exotic crops
- interactive displays
- an expert advice stand
- vertical allotments
These growing walls are fascinating. They make great use of space, crop heavily and vertical strawberry walls use less water than plants grown in peat bags.
The quality of the exhibits at Chelsea is always exceptional. The vibrant colours, new innovations and heady smells are a tonic and never fail to inspire.
Click this link to buy Chelsea Flower Show tickets which are on sale now.