Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Even the occasional downpour at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show couldn't dampen the enthusiasm shown by a number of young garden designers.

Created by Robert Hall on Monday, 26th of May, 2014.
Updated on Wednesday, 2nd of December, 2015.


I was there to see Hugo Bugg become the Show's youngest ever gold medal winner for his 'Rain Garden' which demonstarted how everyone can re-cycle rainwater throughout the year, preserving this precious resource.

He was quoted as saying ' My hope is that people will be inspired to improve water retention in their gardens and understand the importance of embracing rain.' 

As I walked around it was very noticeable that blue and purple were popular colours particularly Anchusa azurea and the Best in Show award went to the Laurent-Perrier garden that exhibited great combinations of  purple, blue and white towered over by yellow lupins 'Chandelier' and 'Cashmere Cream'.

Another garden that made a lasting impression was No Man's Land, one of the gardens commemorating the First World War, which represented the landscape on the Western Front and included an appearance by the war horse from the West End stage show.

Trees, Grasses and Plants

The naturalistic planting of trees continued from previous years with multi-stemed birches, acers and amelanchiers to the fore. 

Grasses are always popular and in the Brewin Dolphin garden these were represented by Melica uniflora var. albida, showing how beautiful they can be if planted in large drifts. 

Plant of the year was a new double flowered mop head hydrangea from Japan. The wavy edges of each floret is lined with pink with white centres and this is set against dark green foliage.

New Products

Chelsea is such an important place to seek out for future products for GardenSite. 

There are a great variety of trade stands offering innovative gardening equipment, accessories and landscaping ideas but I was also pleased to drop by existing suppliers such as Hozelock and Haddonstone. 

Hozelock are acknowledged experts when it comes to automatic watering systems, so important if you have container plants during dry periods or when you go on holiday, and Haddonstone who design and manufacture superb stone ornaments and have just launched a new product range to augment their already fabulous collection.

Altogether another a notable show, blessed in the main by warm weather, from which I gained a great deal of inspiration for our garden centres and GardenSite. Next stop is Gardeners World Live at the NEC where GardenSite will be exhibiting.

#chelseaflowershow #chelseaflowershow 2014

Related Articles

GardenSite Attends The Garden Press Event

GardenSite Attends The Garden Press Event

Nathan James Dodd attended the Garden Press event on Thursday at the Barbican in London, a great chance for suppliers and manufacturers to meet the gardening press to showcase their existing and new products.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 22nd of February, 2016.

How To Prevent Your Pond From Freezing

How To Prevent Your Pond From Freezing

Although winter may be coming to an end, freezing temperatures are still predicted and Dan Everton from our Aquatics Superstore recommends using ice prevention products to safeguard your pond.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Monday, 22nd of February, 2016.

Next Year's Gardening Trends Revealed At Glee

Next Year's Gardening Trends Revealed At Glee

One of the main reasons for our buying team to attend Glee 2015 has been to gain an insight into the future, here Nathan James Dodd outlines what is currently trending in the gardening industry.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 16th of September, 2015.

New Product Launches At Glee 2015

New Product Launches At Glee 2015

Glee, the Garden and Leisure Industry's annual trade exhibition is taking place once again at the NEC in Birmingham. Nathan James Dodd will be there for all three days and this is what he found on day one.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of September, 2015.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Robert Hall

Senior Partner at GardenSite

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Premier Christmas Lights

There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.