RHS Chelsea Highlights

I've never been to the Chelsea Flower Show before although, my wife has and we were delighted to be presented with a pair of tickets by a close family friend - thank you Natasha!

There were many beautiful show gardens including the much coveted Dan Pearson's Chatsworth Garden. The garden that caught our eye, however, was John Tan and Raymond Toh’s debut at RHS Chelsea inspired by Kranji, a suburb of Singapore with a lush natural landscape home to tropical plants, orchid farms and nature reserve wetlands. This was a secret garden filled with vibrant tropical plants and orchids with a waterfall cascading over a green wall of ferns to a pond, and house with a roof garden with creepers flowing down.

James Doran-Webb has created some stunning driftwood sculptures including the centre piece, dragon on dome (pictured) and his stand was full of admiring visitors.

BBC's Ann-Marie Powell was clearly enjoying the show and is seen here talking to Hampshire-based gold medal grower Matthew Soper about his carnivorous plants. They are slow growers but can be planted outside as they are indigenous to North America and thrive in a temperate climate, we learn.

Two of the most stunning displays in the pavilion were the Thailand tourism sponsored creation which was big as it was elaborate and the magnificent, Diamond Jubilee Award winning Birmingham Cathedral creation celebrating 300 years, sponsored by Birmingham City Council.

I've never been much of a gardener although I admire the artistry in others but by the end of the day, we left with many happy memories and ideas of how to add interest to our modest garden. Now, if only Kranji could be lifted and transported to our home...............

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