This year I don’t just get to go to the Chelsea Flower Show once. I get to go three times….
So yesterday found me back again. With a load more people than were there on Sunday – and a perishingly cold wind.
If I’m honest I’d been a little disappointed when I’d had a quick look at the show gardens on Sunday afternoon. So I wasn’t expecting to be wowed. But I was wrong. I just hadn’t been looking in the right places.
The garden I had been most impressed by on Sunday was the Artisan Garden by Kazayuki Ishihara. It was small but perfectly formed, and I was really pleased when it won Best in Show for its category. It looked even better on second viewing.
These were on the ‘Le Chene Vert’ Stand. I WANT ONE!
And Robert Frost’s garden for Homebase was simply gorgeous.
But my favourite of all was Chris Beardshaw’s garden for Arthritis Research UK. It had movement and life and vigour. The planting was exuberant and bold. The choice of sculpture and hard landscaping spot on. As I stood jostled by the crowds I felt breathless with admiration. Definitely my Best in Show.