The annual Chelsea Flower Show has begun and with it has come the creative and imaginative designs of landscapers.
This show was designed to illustrate the possibilities of garden design, landscaping and plantsmanship. The three main categories are show gardens, artisan gardens and fresh gardens.
The Telegraph Garden took home the Best Show Garden Award, as it explored the the themes of both time and scale with geological events. Bronze fins symbolize an ancient mountain range and the garden features semi-arid plant life.
Designed by Andy Sturgeon and sponsored by The Telegraph, this show garden is intended to remind individuals of their relative insignificance in the vastness of the Earth and of time.
The Best Artisan Garden Award went to the Viking Cruises Mekong Garden, which was designed by Sarah Eberle and sponsored by Viking Cruises.
Eberle wanted to capture the feel of the floating gardens in the silk-weaving regions of Cambodia, but chose not to use tropical plants. Instead, she used temperate plants that could evoke the feeling of the region. This garden featured a number of vegetables, including kale, gourds, okra and spinach.
The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi earned the Best Fresh Garden Award, as this category focuses on incorporating innovative materials and challenging concepts.
What looks like an obscure monolith from a forgotten civilization actually holds a rejuvenating woodland that can only be spied on through tiny crevices in the 44-ton granite cube. This Fresh Garden was designed by Martin Cook and Gary Breeze and sponsored by The Marble and Granite Centre.
The acoustic garden TLC covered previously won a silver-gilt medal in the artisan garden category.
The voting for the RHS People’s Choice Award is open until Thursday, May 26. To view all of the gardens, click here. For interviews with the winners, scroll to the bottom.
- The Chelsea Barracks Garden
- L’Occitane Garden
- The M&G Garden
- The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital
- The Telegraph Garden
- Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living
- The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi
- The Modern Slavery Garden
- The Garden Bed – a partnership with Asda
- Senri-Sentei – Garage Garden
- Viking Cruises Mekong Garden
- Cloudy Bay Garden
- The Harrods British Eccentrics Garden
- The LG Smart Garden
- The Hartley Botanic Garden
- Husqvarna presents Support, The Husqvarna Garden
- Royal Bank of Canada Garden
- The St. John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary
- The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden
- The Garden of Potential
- The World Vision Garden
- The AkzoNobel Honeysuckle Blue (s) Garden
- Meningitis Now Futures Garden
- Papworth Trust – Together We Can
- The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk
- God’s Own Country – A Garden for Yorkshire
- The Watahan East & West Garden
- The Imperial Garden – Revive
- The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden
- Pro Corda Trust – A Suffolk Retreat