London Chelsea Flower Show 2019: A bouquet of British inspiration
When the gardens of London are in bloom, the city is transformed into a sea of green: From 21 to 25 May 2019, the British capital is turning into a botanical paradise for the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Each year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gathers together all the latest developments from the world of gardening to organise its world-famous flower garden and landscaping exhibition.
Multifaceted garden inspiration at the London Chelsea Flower
Show As usual, the historic Great Pavilion will be showcasing beautiful plants from growers and tree nurseries from across the world.
There are also 11 show gardens and 16 smaller parks for visitors to this year’s London Chelsea Flower Show to explore. Among the artworks, sculptures and installations, the Artisan Gardens are the perfect place to retreat for a moment of reflection, while the smaller Space to Grow areas are packed with ideas for your own garden.
Top designers create an inspiring line-up of show gardens
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London is once again hosting a line-up of international designers competing for the prestigious title of “Best Show Garden” and the RHS gold medal. For 2019, many of the prominent designers featured at the show have opted to use their creations to highlight social issues and challenges that the world is currently facing. The Resilience Garden by designer Sarah Eberle looks at the challenges that forests will face in the future as a result of climate change.
Alongside topics such as environmental pollution and sustainability, health and well-being also feature high on the agenda at London’s Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
British designer Tom Dixon has partnered with IKEA to design a horticultural laboratory that explores pioneering methods for sustainable food production in cities.
Show project by Tom Dixon: Can urban gardening save the world?
The show garden, with the ambitious name Gardening Will Save The World, is an experimental model designed to investigate the health and environmental benefits of functional green spaces in urban areas. The garden combines traditional planting techniques with modern systems for food horticulture. A wild garden houses more than 300 mostly edible crops, highlighting the natural healing powers of plants. On the level beneath this natural botanical oasis, the model showcases technological innovations for the urban gardening of the future.
Facebook in the real world: The garden as a social medium
The themed garden by designer Joe Perkins looks at another topic that is highly relevant to the modern world. In The Facebook Garden: Beyond the screen, visitors will be able to explore the positive aspects of social media and digital networking. Natural elements such as water and open green spaces represent the connections between the online and offline worlds. The garden creates a physical space “beyond the screen” in which visitors – and young people in particular – can interact, share experiences and come into contact with one another.
Among the artistic landscapes and fascinating garden designs, the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show in London also offers countless opportunities to purchase the latest plants and accessories to take home and plenty of places to enjoy a delicious meal. If you haven’t managed to transform your garden into a summer-ready oasis by 21 May, the show is a great place to source inspiration and tips – and maybe you’ll even find a new favourite plant too!
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