As it is every year, this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 was a great success!
One of the world’s most well-known and recognised horticultural celebrations, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show welcomed a new wave of exciting and fresh ideas to the gardening scene. With a grand total of 36 gardens and 90 exhibitions, this year we saw a range of upcoming and innovative ideas circulating, ranging from garden design to botanical trends. From glorious show gardens to fragrant floral displays, let’s uncover some of our top highlights from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Sanctuary and Show Gardens
This year’s Sanctuary Gardens were especially fascinating and it was a delight to learn about the stories and causes behind their creation. Investigating how gardens play a crucial role in providing well-being benefits and perks to both your mental and physical health, the Sanctuary Gardens were an informative, yet inspiring sector. Expertly designed spaces, these gardens also explored how natural environments can connect communities whilst demonstrating how hard elements can be used to blend into existing surroundings, working alongside nature.
One feature Sanctuary Garden that was not to be missed this year was The Hamptons Mediterranean Garden. Designed by Filippo Dester and built by the Garden Club London, this modern garden was crafted to replicate the atmosphere of a bright and Mediterranean scene. A favourite element of ours was the outdoor kitchen/dining space and how this area highlighted perfectly how hard and soft features can work harmoniously to create striking yet natural garden designs.
Filled with an abundance of floral delights and botanical rarities, this year’s show gardens were as breathtaking as ever! Incorporating a variety of creative and visionary planting schemes, it was averaged this year that there were around 3,125 plants included within each show garden. Achieving a gold medal and the winner of the Best Show Garden award, Horatio’s Garden was a stand-out entry to be applauded. Designed by Horatio’s Garden Charity, this garden was designed to be accessible for wheelchair users, showing how gardens can be aesthetic yet functional spaces to be enjoyed by all.
Year-on-year The Great Pavilion is a hub of magnificent fragrance and colour, that houses a palette of unique florals that simply amazes us. And every year they even seem to flourish and burgeon even brighter than before! With this year’s plants blanketing almost three acres of land, there was an extraordinary burst of colour and texture to be admired all around. With many planting designers focusing on sustainable planting techniques throughout this year’s show, it was amazing to see the strong environmental focus that had been reflected throughout so many designs, stalls, products and so on.
Enjoyed and celebrated by the Royal family for generations, His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended the show, exploring the grounds, meeting with a variety of designers and awarding a number of prize medals.
This year the Princess of Wales also celebrated the show by joining a large group of primary school children for the very first ‘RHS Chelsea Children’s Picnic’. A delightful get together, this picnic aimed to inspire the younger generations, educating them of the importance and benefits of gardening.