A Taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – Part 4

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2013 in Inspiration

Part four of my RHS Chelsea Flower 2013 coverage features some more of the main show gardens, starting with Jo Thompson’s garden for The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

Stop the Spread - Chelsea 2013 garden by Jo Thompson

This garden was inspired by the plants, trees and wildlife that are under threat from pests, diseases and invasive non-native species which have had an impact of our gardens, woodlands and countryside.

Stop the Spread Chelsea 2013 garden by Jo Thompson

Chris Beardshaw’s garden for Arthritis Research UK was stunning and the planting was just gorgeous.  I also loved the sculpture, especially the piece you see in the picture below.

Arthritis research garden by Chris Beardhaw

This garden reflected the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis, from confusion and lack of understanding following diagnosis, to a point where they are informed about the disease and are able to manage their pain.

Kate Gould’s Gold Medal winning garden The Wasteland, represented a garden that had been created on a former industrial ground.  Some of the waste from the site’s industrial past was re-used in the garden.

The Wasteland Garden by Kate Gould Chelsea 2013

I loved the innovative use of the bath as a seat and the sprung bed frame as an open screen.

The Wasteland Garden Kate Gould Chelsea 2013

The last main show garden I’m going to feature is the The Stoke on Trent’s Story of Transformation.

Stoke on Trent garden RHS Chelsea 2013

This garden was created to tell the story of Stoke on Trent’s transformation from it’s industrial past to it’s present incarnation as a modern and vibrant city.

Rose planting on Stoke on Trent garden RHS Chelsea 2013

I loved the colour palette of the planting – rich oranges, reds and purples.  And the living wall was absolutely stunning…

Living wall on Stoke on Trent garden RHS Chelsea 2013




(Images: Lisa Cox)


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