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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.

The Chelsea Flower Show kick-starts the British summer season and attracts around 165,000 visitors to its central London location every year. 28 confirmed Gardens and more than 100 floral displays will make up this years event. The gardening show has sold out almost two weeks before the gates open. Nick Mattingley, Director of Shows at the Royal Horticultural Society says: “It’s going to feel like a very fresh, pioneering and exciting Chelsea Flower Show.”

There will be some new content at Chelsea this year. For the first time visitors will be offered an elevated view of a “secret garden”. The edge of the Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s is a high hornbeam hedge, which contains gaps where you can glimpse a beautiful garden. The “Chengdu Silk Road Garden” combines architecture and planting. Huge multi-coloured sculptural fins representing a Chinese mountain range create an extraordinary spectacle.

New content this year also includes the five BBC Radio Feel Good Gardens, which will show how plants can enrich and indulge one of the five senses. Light-emitting concrete, made up of 80,000 fibre optic cords to allow light to shine through it, in Kate Gould’s multi-tiered “City Living” urban garden which is one of the urban and cutting edge enterprises at Chelsea this year. Nick Mattingley adds: “All exhibitors are really pulling out the stops and pushing boundaries.“

„City Living“ © Kate Gould

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