Posts Tagged ‘Main Avenue’

RHS Chelsea 2017 – some inspiration from Main Avenue

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2017 in Inspiration

As I write, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 is coming to a close.  I was there on Wednesday last week as I held fort on the Society of Garden Designer’s trade stand for a few hours.

It was an enjoyable day, meeting various members of the public and garden designers including a designer from New York who was very interested to learn how the industry operates in the UK.

I was very fortunate to be able to access the show ground before it opened to the public at 8am so I managed to see some of the gardens when the show ground was reasonably empty.

I thought I’d start my coverage with some of the gardens on Main Avenue, the first of which is the Morgan Stanley Garden, design by Chris Beardshaw. As always, the planting was superb but other than the intricate detail on the decking, I didn’t feel it offered me much inspiration this year.

I had really been looking forward to seeing James Basson’s garden for M&G.  Initially I was a little disappointed, I’m not sure why at all, but I went back to it a few times and it really grew on me.

I loved the textured stone and the reflected light through the planting.

The garden was inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry and was designed to show that humans need to take action to preserve the environment.

This garden won Gold and Best in Show – thoroughly deserved I think.  It was certainly the most thought-provoking.

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam’s Breaking Ground garden was really interesting too.

The garden highlights Wellington College’s ambition to break down barriers to education, and explores the themes of progress, evolution and thought patterns.

The Gold medal winning Linklaters garden for Maggie’s was designed by Darren Hawes and was inspired by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who understood the need for people with cancer to have access to restorative green spaces.

I was lucky enough to be invited on the garden to take pictures from within. It’s amazing how different it feels when you step into a garden, rather than viewing it from the outside, almost as you would if it were a painting.

I loved the unclipped box and the rather haphazard planting, but I think I’m much more tuned into to less formal planting now.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

 

 

 

RHS Chelsea 2016: A final trip down Main Avenue

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2016 in Inspiration

Forever Freefolk Garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

This week has flown so fast and we’re now in the last days of the Chelsea Flower Show.  I wanted to share two more gardens on Main Avenue that caught my eye. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – Greening Grey Britain

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Show Feature Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

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RHS Chelsea 2016 – Foxgloves and lupins

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2016 in Inspiration

Foxgloves in Chelsea Barracks Garden RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

This afternoon I want to share some pictures I took of three of the other main show gardens.  There were a lot of “rocket” plants this year ranging from foxgloves to Eremerus to Lupins. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – Some wild inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2016 in Inspiration

L'Occitane RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

I love going to Chelsea and the occasional trip up to London but I’m glad to be back to the Welsh Hills this morning with the fresh air and peaceful surroundings. I mentioned on monday about the inspiration I’d picked up for my own garden and I wanted to share some pictures of the gardens that got my creative planting juices flowing. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – The Telegraph Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 24th May 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Chelsea 2016 The Telegraph Garden Lisa Cox

Andy Sturgeon returned to Chelsea this year to design The Telegraph Garden. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 24th May 2016 in Inspiration

The Beauty of Mathematics Garden RHS Chelsea 2016

As you know, I was really looking forward to seeing The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden.  On paper it looked really interesting – it didn’t disappoint. Read more

It’s show time!

0 Written by Lisa on 11th May 2016 in Inspiration

The M&G Garden 2015 RHS Chelsea Lisa Cox

The mammoth build started last week for the RHS Chelsea flower show.  In fact they’re roughly half way through the main show gardens already. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2014 – The Brewin Dolphin Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 21st May 2014 in Inspiration

Archways in Brewin Dolphin Garden Chelsea 2014 Lisa Cox

Last week I watched some of the BBC Chelsea preview programmes and one of the gardens they were following in depth was The Brewin Dolphin garden, designed by Matthew Childs and built by Bowles & Wyer Contracts. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2014 – The Homebase Garden ‘Time to Reflect’

0 Written by Lisa on 21st May 2014 in Inspiration

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 The Homebase Garden Lisa Cox

Yet again The Homebase garden was beautiful and I think will be popular with the viewing public as it’s probably the show garden that most feels as though it could be transported to your own garden. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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