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May 2015

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    RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    May 25, 2015

    It’s such a treat to visit The Chelsea Flower Show.

    My friend John gifted me his ticket as he was unable to go. So, off I went last Wednesday afternoon. The weather was superb and the crowds were in full force. I had decided to plan my visit but that all went out of the window. Next best thing was to just follow my nose.

    Here’s the map of the entire Chelsea Flower Show. It’s massive. I arrived at 6pm so only had a couple of hours until it closed.

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    Here are some of my favourite exhibits. Hope you enjoy them.

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    Floristry. Celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

    There were some outstanding displays, but this exhibit by Hadlow College Floristry, which won a gold medal, was incredible. Look at the leaves on the teapot and that array of bold coloured flowers representing a stream of tea was just so inspiring.

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    There were flower bouquets galore but this made out of peonies caught my eye. The colours, just so beautiful and vibrant.

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    One of the most interesting projects was The New Craftsmen Artisan Retreats. They erected six sheds, each one showing off one of their makers, who brought different aspects of their craft practices to life.

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    The picnic tables in the middle of the sheds

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    Magical ladders swaying in the trees

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    Katherine May, one of the artisans, dyed these beautiful fabrics with Hyacinth and Cochineal

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    Macramรฉ pot-hanger by Gina Marris

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    Peony

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    Michael Ruh crafts vessels and vases of hand-blown glass. Choose your colour and size

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    Here are the stunning vases.

    Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory was breathtaking and won a gold medal. Nearly impossible to photograph, for it was rammed with people, it was a much needed oasis and respite from the loud music and hoards of visitors.

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    The water stream was soothing

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    rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving
    How beautiful is the little garden house?

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    The colours of the various trees were just majestic

    Another favourite was the National Chrysanthemum Society’s display where they used the pallet of colours of the Chrysanthemum to mimic the varying colours and flavours of ice cream. They showcased them in a cone, Knickerbocker Glory and tubs. A genius idea which also got a gold medal.

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    an amazing display

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    Anyone for Apricot flavoured ice cream?

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    Or pink grapefruit?

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    Or blueberry?

    There was so much more to see, but so little time. The Chelsea Flower Show ended on Saturday evening. I cannot wait for next year!

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