RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Press Day.  Monday 21 May 2018.

As a member of the the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association I was able to apply for a press pass for Press Day.  It is so much easier to photograph the displays in the Floral Marquee without the risk, on RHS Members’ day, of people tripping over one’s tripod, or getting in the way of the camera!

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Salvia ‘Kisses and Wishes’. New Salvia, launched at Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Geranium nodosum ‘Clos de Coudray’

A superb display, awarded a very well deserved Gold Medal.

Jacques Amand International

Jacques Amand International

Lilium ‘Claude Stride’
Orchids. Cypripedium macranthos × calceolus, Cypripedium ‘Ivory’, Cypripedium fasciolatum.
Orchids. Cypripedium fasciolatum frochii, Cypripedium fasciolatum, Cypripedium ‘Lady Dorine’.
Lilium martagon ‘Slate’s Morning’, Gloriosa rothschildiana, Cucurma.
Lilium pumilum
Cypripedium kentuckiense, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens
Arisaema candidissimum
Arisaema candidissimum, Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii, Pleione formosana, Cypripedium reginae f. album.
Allium ‘Giganteum’, Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium sphaerocephalon, Allium ‘Mount Everest, Scardoxus multiflorus.
Allium sphaerocephalon, Scardoxus multiflorus, Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium ‘Powderpuff’, Allium jesdianum, Allium ‘Mount Everest’.
Allium ‘Globemaster’, Allium ‘Powderpuff’, Allium jesdianum, Allium ‘Mount Everest’.
Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’
Allium ‘Mount Everest’, Allium ‘Pinball Wizard, Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’.

Allium nevskianum

Allium ‘Mount Everest’, Allium jesdianum ‘Michael Hoog’, Allium ‘Pinball Wizard’, Allium ‘Ambassador’, Allium sphaerocephalon, Allium nevskianum, Allium macleanii ‘His Excellency’, Allium karataviense ‘Red Globe’.
Gloriosa superba ‘Rothschildiana’
Scardoxus multiflorus

A great display, awarded a very well deserved Gold Medal.

Chrysanthemums Direct

Chrysanthemums Direct
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Golden’
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Lemon’
Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Cream’
Chrysanthemum ‘Feeling Green’ and Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Cream’

Perfection!  Awarded Gold Medal.

Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors

Walkers Bulbs @ Taylors

Narcissus ‘Altun Ha’, raised by John Pearson in 1987. [Division 2 YYW-W]
Another well deserved Gold Medal

W & S Lockyer

W & S Lockyer. Primula auricula display

Another well deserved Gold Medal

RHS Members’ Day. Tuesday 22 May 2018.

A very hot day with glorious sunshine.  Some great Show Gardens, but others which were not so good.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC.

Designed by Chris Beardshaw. Awarded Gold Medal and Best Show Garden.


Welcome of Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory

ECO-LG Garden

Designed by Hay-Joung Hwang

Trailfinders South African Wine Estate

Designed by Jonathan Snow

The M&G Garden

Designed by Sarah Price

The David Harber and Savills Garden

Designed by Nic Howard

Wuhan Water Garden, China

Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins

The water feature was great, but the planting was boring and a shadow of what they achieved in their 2017 display.  In my opinion a well deserved Bronze Medal!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

I have been visiting the Chelsea Flower Show for more than 30 years; what a great day out for gardeners.  Not as many Show Gardens as in previous years, but the usual mix of magnificent and controversial!

The M & G Garden,  inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry. Designer James Basson.

Awarded a Gold Medal and Best Show Garden, but…..

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.  Designer Tracy Foster.

One of my favourite Show Gardens this year.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden.  Designer Charlotte Harris.

Another of my favourites.

The Morgan Stanley Garden.  Designer Chris Beardshaw.

Great planting.

Breaking Ground.  Designers Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam.

Breaking Ground Show Garden.

Silk Road Garden, Chengdu, China.  Designers Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins.

Looking great in the glorious late afternoon sunshine.

Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s.  Designer Darren Hawkes.

Linklaters Garden for Maggies

The standard of some of the Trade Stands often rivals that of the Show Gardens.

David Harber Ltd.

David Harber Ltd.

James Doran-Webb Ltd.

James Doran-Webb Ltd. Driftwood animal sculptures.

The Great Pavilion

As always some superb nursery displays in the Great Pavilion.  Three of the best Gold Medal displays.

W S Warmenhoven

W S Warmenhoven display of Allium
W S Warmenhoven display of Allium
W S Warmenhoven display of Hippeastrum. Awarded Gold Medal.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Awarded Gold Medal.

Rosy Hardy having a short rest on her display after a busy Tuesday!

Daisy Roots

Daisy Roots display. Awarded Gold Medal.

National Dahlia Collection

A celebration of Cornish heritage from the National Dahlia Collection, with a reference to Ross Poldark!

National Dahlia Collection display in the marquee