Chelsea Flower Show Inspiration

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Nicole Phillips

I had the rare treat of being offered a ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show last Friday. My good friend from Kiki and bow was working with Potting Up Ltd and she gave me the opportunity to come along. It's crazy to think that I had never been to this wonderful show before and I was so excited on the train up to London.

Once I arrived, I followed the tide of people from the tube station to the gates. I could feel that everyone around me had that buzz of anticipation. Once through the gates, I was nearly overwhelmed by the expanse and variety of the sights along with the mass of people milling around. It was actually hard to get my bearings at first and decide how best to see it all. I decided to get a show guide and then started my mission. It is incredible what they had managed to do in such small spaces and many of the structures were awesome in the true sense of the word. I particularly liked the slate platforms in the Brewin Dolphin Garden and the breathtaking waterfalls in The Hidden Beauty of Kranji by Esmond Landscape and Uniseal.

The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge was designed to show a more natural space within the realms of your urban front garden along with the usual off road parking slot. The brief behind the challenge fascinated me because there are so many front gardens that have been covered with Tarmac and left soulless and sad with the obligatory set of bins on show. The mixed paving and gravel textures alongside the natural planting was relaxed, organic and gentle. I took away some really clever ideas for my own garden.

The Telegraph garden was also amazing with its paths and waterways and stunning block planting with tonal uniformity. The plant choices varied in texture and form but had a informal natural feel that contrasted with the modern edges and shapes framing the planting. I could have easily sat for a long time in the sunken seating area here and enjoyed the water passing by.

There were so many beautiful flowers and plants on display and I came home buzzing with new ideas for Nicole Phillips England designs. I wanted to stop and paint everywhere but I would have probably been moved along. Instead I have lots of photographs and plenty to think about for the coming year.

Nicole Phillips (Jelbert)

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