After a late spring and cold winter, this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is surely more welcome than ever as a source of inspiration, colour and wonder – and the power of plants to transform and enhance our lives is a central theme of this year’s show.
Gardeners everywhere will know of the physical benefits of gardening, but now the RHS in partnership with the NHS is promoting more widely the positive affect that gardening can have on our mental health and general well-being. One of the flagship gardens this year is designed by the ever popular ‘People’s Choice’ award winner Matt Keightley. The garden, called ‘The Feel Good Garden’, will encourage visitors to relax and unwind, and be gifted to the Camden NHS trust after the show ends.
Gardens in this year’s ‘Space to Grow’ category, which aim to give visitors ideas and innovations that they can translate to their own plots, are full of original and unexpected surprises. ‘The Pearlfisher Garden’ is particularly eye-catching, showing a scupture of a diver about to break through the surface of the water, symbolised by a glass roofed pavillion and enhanced by innovative succulent planting and aquariums full of fish.
The ‘Artisan Gardens’, always popular with visitors for their intricate detail and celebration of craftsmanship, showcase some beautiful spaces this year, including ‘The Embroidered Minds’ Epilepsy Garden, whose planting visually illustrates the experience of epilepsy and seizures and hopes to spread awareness of this condition.
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Tickets start from £68 for members and £105 for non members for all day tickets, £47 for members and £56 for non members for entry after 3.30pm, and £39 for member and £45 for non members for entry after 5.30pm.