On Tuesday I went along to the Chelsea Flower Show 2013. I’m ashamed to say that despite the fact that I’m a South West Londoner born and bred, this was my first visit (I know, right?).
It was a chilly evening, but this didn’t seem to dampen spirits (although the Pimms stalls were probably helping with that), and it was VERY crowded. My overall impression, though, despite the beautiful gardens, was of being at a giant garden centre. There seemed to be an awful lot of stalls, and people trying to sell you stuff – which is fine, if you have lots of cash to spare, but not if you’d really rather just look at the gardens, given the price of the tickets.
Still, there were some really stunning displays. Here are my favourite gardens – in particular, the Tolkien-themed garden created by the Library of Birmingham, part of the Birmingham City Council’s display. And the winning Antipodean-inspired Trailfinders garden, with its waterfalls and tree ferns ( it still makes me sad that our Tasmanian tree fern only lasted two years). This is exactly the kind of garden I’d like to create in our green space, if I had the time, and er… money. And we didn’t have a dog.