Last week, Mr WembleyWonderful and I visited the Chelsea Flower Show – for the first time in our 20 years in London, can you believe! Tickets are usually very hard to get and I am never organised to buy them early enough; but this year’s show was moved from May to September, which must have put off quite a few people. Bottom line I got tickets, hurrah!
And it is a pity we never went before because this a lovely – and quintessentially British – experience . The show alternates show gardens, which give you layout and planting inspirations; and gardening-related pop-up shops. You could argue the whole thing is largely commercial but we came out with plenty of ideas or our garden – here are my top picks :
- If you’re looking to plant mature trees , here are two nurseries which were exhibiting: Form Plants , which among other things specialises in topiary (their exhibit was way more exciting than their website); and Nature First Trees .
- Tristan Cockerill makes water features and planters in slate and onyx , which look even better in real life.
- The Light Yard make all kind of lighting . Their outdoor bamboo bollard and their bamboo LED path lights are particularly nice.
- Solid Soul Design make surprisingly comfortable (and not as heavy as you would think) concrete garden furniture . We also liked the swings made by Pepe Garden Furniture , although the design is far more traditional.
- Husk uses agricultural by-products to make fully biodegradable planters and vases , which also look quite funky – I particularly like their swan watering can.
- Lastly if months of lockdown have convinced you to invest in a garden office , Malvern Garden Buildings seem to have a high quality, reasonably priced range.
The next show is planned for the last week in May, tickets are not on sale yet but I’m definitely on the case…