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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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rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving

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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Macramé 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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11 Comments

  • Reply Alison Sye May 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I have never been to the Chelsea Flower Show. That teapot is amazing. I hear you can get some real bargains if you are there at the end – but not for the faint of heart!

    • Reply tina June 1, 2015 at 7:56 am

      There was some really gorgeous stuff. One needed much more time than the 2 hours I was there.

      Actually that makes sense. I went on the Wednesday when everything still looked fresh and beautiful x

  • Reply Anya Jensen May 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    OHH this is one event I still haven’t managed to attend, but I know I must and after seeing your pictures, I believe it even more. Looks amazing, floral wonderland 🙂
    Happy weekend xox

    • Reply tina June 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Floral wonderland indeed! I’m sure you would love it and take some amazing photographs xx

  • Reply Holly May 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Fun!! How imaginative the Alice in Wonderland exhibit. Mind blowing. And I so wish that the Edo Garden could be there next time I come visit. It looks like just the place for me. Glad you shared these pics.

    Loving all the peonies in this post. As you know, they are my faves. The last blueberry pic is seriously mesmerising.

    xoxoxo

    • Reply tina June 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

      There were some real beauties for the Alice in Wonderland 150th Anniversary.

      Ha, the Edo Garden was so Zen. I wanted one myself…. just imagine I had that at the end of our garden. Amazing!!

      I must admit some of the peonies there were incredible. A real feast for the eyes xxx

  • Reply mel May 29, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Oh wow those flower cones! Amazing!!! I’ve heard so much about the Chelsea flower show, such a spectacular event to visit. Those dyed fabrics by Katherine May are beautiful, gorgeous colours and look lovely blowing in the wind. xx

    • Reply tina June 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

      The cones and general ice cream idea just blew my mind. It was so elegant and impressive and I judt loved all the ice cream flavours.

      Katherine’s work is beautiful. xx

  • Reply Jocelyn Hefner June 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Those mums will stay in my mind forever! Cannot believe I lived in London for 10 years and never made it the flower show. I do love Wisley Gardens though but certainly not the same! Your photos are stunning and thank you for sharing them with us! xx

    • Reply tina June 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Ha. It’s easily done! London has so much to offer, it’s impossible to be everywhere all the time!

      Not been to Wisley Gardens but heard it’s gorgeous.
      Thank you lovely and always a pleasure tp share with you all xx

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine July 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    This event is on my list to visit next year. I always enjoy the photos from fellow bloggers. That tea pot is my favourite this year.

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