Monday, 20 May 2013

2. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013. Thailand Gnomes? Piet Oudolf. Jinny Blom. Heather Jansch. Marshall Murray. Prince Harry.Hillier Nurseries' lavender. David Austin's rambling rose.

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrity Gnomes.

150 Gnomes decorated by celebrities Mary Berry, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Collins, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Julian Fellowes, Antonio Carluccio and others are being auctioned off to mark the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show, and raise money for the charity  RHS Campaign for School Gardening. The gnomes above can be bid for on e-bay. 

William and Kate
 Gnomic Thai figures stole a march 
on this year's gnomes at Chelsea 2012
Thailand Garden with little Buddhists, Chelsea 2013

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens today, and gnome-watchers will be there. Not just gnomes but gnomic Buddhas and other figures of people and animals can be seen. David Domoney fromTV1's programme Love your Garden designed the William and Kate gnomes.  
               'Sugar Babe' by Heather Jansch. 

Cirrus Trees by Guild.
"6 sculptural trees, bare and burnt in rusted mild steel,
by the fantastically talented Guild". 
Heather Jansch's wonderful horse, Cirrus Trees .and other sculptures are featured by Marshall Murray  in a woodland garden on Stand FR/38

Piet Oudolf photo from a garden he designed in the west of Ireland
Fans of Piet Oudolf, who has had the greatest influence on gardening for the last 25 years, will be hoping to see his 'New Wave' planting there.

Jinny Blom with Prince Harry
 in the 
B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not garden 

Piet Oudolf and Jinny Blom (who designed Prince Harry’s Sentabale charity garden)  will both be at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow Tuesday 21 May, 2013 to give an illustrated lecture organised by the magazine Gardens Illustrated.  

'New Wave Garden', Melbourne. 2013 MIFGS gold medal winner.
The "New Wave” garden  by Ian Barker, inspired by Piet Oudolf, won a gold medal at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in March 2013. 

Lavandula stoechas: Bouquet of Roses. Hillier Nursery
Hillier has won 72 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and their new lavender confusingly called Bouquet of roses looks like another winner for them.


David Austin's rambler, Rosa 'Albrighton Rambler'
looks like another winner.
A novel use of wheelbarrows for exhausted workers
in the run-up to the show. PA picture by the Telegraph.

Decorated Car

Chelsea Flower Show


There are four grades of awards, gold, silver-gilt, silver and bronze, in each of the categories listed below.   Silver-gilt sounds interesting and also the fact pointed out by Wikipedia that bronze grade exhibits do not actually receive a medal. Why on earth not?

Awards categories

Flora Gardens and floral exhibits
Hogg Exhibits of trees
Knightian Exhibits of vegetables, including herbs
Lindley Exhibits of special educational or scientific interest
Grenfell Exhibits of pictures, photographs, floral arrangements and floristry.

Best Show Garden Award
Best Courtyard Garden Award
seeBest Chic Garden Award
Best City Garden Award
RHS Sundries Bowl
RHS Junior Display Trophy
RHS Floral Arrangement Trophies
RHS Floristry Trophies
Show Certificates of merit
Certificates for Junior displays
RHS President's Award

Gardens Illustrated is offering a trip from 3-9 July 2013 to The Gardens of the Northern Dutch Provinces, including a visit to Piet and Anja Oudolf's famed garden in Hummelo and a chance to visit the art museum in Groningen. What more could anyone want? 

See 3.Chelsea Flower Show updated