Some more highlights from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

0 Written by Lisa on 30th May 2017 in Inspiration

The Chelsea “breakdown” will now be well underway, always a tough moment for the designers and contractors after creating amazing spaces in such a short time and when they still haven’t managed to shake off the exhaustion.

Of course there’s a lot more work involved in creating a show garden that the three build weeks before the show opens.  Some of the gardens take years to come to fruition and whilst designers and contractors and still doing the day job.

I wanted to share some of the pictures I took of the other gardens whilst I was at the show.  The smaller gardens can be much more inspiring for the public as although they can be a bit quirky at times, there is often more that people can relate to in the context of their own garden.

The World Horse Welfare garden really caught my eye, the sculpture was amazing – it somehow seemed so lifelike.  If you’ve ever been around horses then you’ll know what I mean.

My favourite Fresh garden, City Living, was designed by Kate Gould.  I loved this garden even though it was quite a long way from my personal style.  Structured and balanced on every level with lots of interesting materials and textures.

And a splash of orange here and there, my favourite colour!

This garden was awarded a Gold medal and Best Fresh Garden.

As you may have heard in the media, Chelsea was a little light in the show gardens department this year with just 7 Main Avenue Gardens compared to 17 last year.  The BBC2 Feel Good Gardens were created pretty much at short notice.

Here are a couple that caught my eye starting with the Jo Whiley Scent Garden designed by Tamara Bridge & Kate Savill.  These gardens weren’t formally judged, but I think offered the public some great inspiration.

The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden designed by Matt Keightley

And the Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden designed by Sarah Raven

I’ve been wondering why some of the major sponsors pulled out of the show and I’ve heard mixed opinions ranging from Brexit, to the new RHS show at Chatsworth House to the change in tax rules which restrict corporate entertaining.

But despite the gaps on Main Avenue, I don’t think the public would have felt disappointed.  My client in Monmouth visited for the first time in years and said she thought it was really inspiring, so surely that’s all that matters?


(Images: Lisa Cox)

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. Read more

A trip to the bluebell wood

0 Written by Lisa on 10th May 2017 in Inspiration

It’s still really fresh in South Wales, but despite the cold the bluebells seem to be well ahead of schedule this year. Read more

It’s time to refresh your garden furniture

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Apr 2017 in Design Tips, Garden accessories

After a few weeks of dry, sunny days, I can safely say that the world has woken up and started to think about their gardens again.  It’s funny how we “park” all the jobs outside over the winter months, even if we didn’t really intend to. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show – Best In Show

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Apr 2017 in Inspiration

I can’t really believe that it’s two years since I built my show garden at the RHS Cardiff Flower Show.  This year’s show took place over the weekend and, as if by magic, the Amelanchier that took pride of place on my garden, came into full bloom. Read more

A spring visit to Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Mar 2017 in Inspiration

It’s a while since I visited Arne Maynard’s garden with my some of my garden design peers last year, but we were all so inspired last time that we decided to arrange another visit. Read more

Inspiration from the Cornish Coast

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Mar 2017 in Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I love being by the sea in the winter.  Somehow the rugged landscape is much more invigorating and the beaches are often deserted. Read more

Snowdrop season is just around the corner

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jan 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

January is always a long month, especially after the festivities of Christmas, but it won’t be long until the snowdrops start to emerge and I always think their arrival promises that spring isn’t that far around the corner. Read more

Some grassy inspiration from Barn House Garden

3 Written by Lisa on 8th Dec 2016 in Inspiration


I was very fortunate to be introduced to Kate Patel this year who, as it happens, lives just up the road on the other side of The Wye Valley. Read more

Canary Wharf Part 3 – The gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2016 in Inspiration


You may question what the image above has to do with gardens, but as we were about to go up the escalator to the Cross Rail Roof Garden, this was the scene out of the window. Quite dramatic don’t you think? Read more

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