Inspiring Gardens: The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

„Chengdu Silk Road Garden“ by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins
© Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

With the Chelsea Flower Show the world’s most famous gardening event will open its gates on Tuesday 23 May. Once again the show presenting highlights of English garden culture: this year, among other things, sensitive Feel Good Gardens, a „secret garden“ and an urban street art mural, incorporating plants and art.

“Bee-friendly is the new black!” – A garden for insects

Bee and rose - Photo: BGL
Bee and rose – Photo: BGL

Over the past years one theme has come under focus among some of the garden owners that hardly played a role in this form previously: Insects. In the past, measures were taken more to get rid of the insects and one was pleased when there weren’t too many insects creeping and flattering around one’s own garden. Today, a nature-oriented garden is not only designed to please the owner, the beetles, butterflies and co. are also supposed to feel at home there.

Isle of Mainau 2017: Numbers game and added colour

Isle Mainau at Lake Constance - Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier
Isle Mainau at Lake Constance – Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier

The Isle of Mainau that spans 45 hectares is one of the most significant excursion destinations at Lake Constance. Lennart Bernadotte designed the former summer residence of his great-grandfather, Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden, into the flower and plant paradise and already opened it up to the public in the 1930s. Mainau has been run as a limited company since 1974.