Chelsea Flower Show 2011

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Writer, Entra Magazine, May/June 2011



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    For nearly two centuries, the Royal Horticultural Society has put on an annual flower show that celebrates the fullness of spring and heralds the start of sum-mer in London. The event, which has been held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1905, now welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year. So popular is the Chelsea Flower Show that its grown to a 5-day affair, making it the largest garden exhibition of its type. Even the queens a regular, only miss-ing it once, when her coronation conflicted. If you can still find a ticket, guard it

    like the crown jewels. The shows on from the 24th through the 28th of May.

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    a bit of nostalgiaThe 1919 program cover is one of many images available through RHS Prints. The collection includes historical materials from the societys Lindley Library, as well as contemporary photographs. Sales sup-port scientific research and educational programs for children and adults.


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    the monaco garden

    In 2006, Prince Albert established the Fondation Prince Albert II de

    Monaco, to support environmental initiatives around the globe. This

    year, he makes his inaugural debut at Chelsea with a garden reflec-

    tive of the foundations interest in sustainable building. Designed by

    Hampshire veteran Sarah Eberleshes won a commendable 8 RHS gold medalsthe garden repre-

    sents a section of a high-rise build-ing and illustrates a handsome, and attractive, solution to con-

    gested urban living. The building harmonizes with its environment

    through glazing, living roofs and walls, and water-collection pools. The main area, which opens onto

    the courtyard, creates the indoor-outdoor space so desirable in a

    temperate climate. Working with Gloucestershire-based Peter Dowle (who picked up two awards at last

    years show), Eberle has built a garden that highlights the princi-

    palitys geography and topography, as well as its harbor setting, while

    perfectly capturing the elegance of the region.


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    the british heart foundation garden

    With this years garden, the BHF celebrates its 50th anniversary and the launch of the Mending Bro-ken Hearts Appeal, a fundraising campaign for research into regen-erating damaged heart muscle. De-signed by West Sussexs Ann-Marie Powell (whose rainforest garden took a gold medal in 2010) and planted with Garden Builders, it is inspired by the movement of blood through the body. The de-signer playfully uses Tilia cordata for its heart-shaped foliage, Salix caprea, the aspirin plant, and red blood cell stepping stones to cross the pool. The emphasis is on herbs and edibles, rather than blossoms, and visitors might think twice about the weeds. Powell sees poetry in nettleshere, they are visual reminders that no one is immune to lifes difficulties, and that if challenges are used for good, they can create a profound component in any story. The gar-den is sponsored by investment managers Brewin Dolphin.


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    the times eureka garden

    Eureka, the Times monthly science magazine, and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are co-sponsors of this years entry by Marcus Bar-nett. The Chelsea gold-medalist, who makes London home, deliv-ers a happy union of modernist architecture and traditional English garden design, a synergy for which hes become known. The flowers (including foxglove, roses, gerani-ums, and salvia) were chosen to reflect our daily dependence on plantsthe examples shown are found in everything from medicine to cosmetics to cola. Assisted by the Outdoor Room of West Sussex, Barnett took a few ideas directly from Mother Nature and designed a walkway based on leaf capillaries and a pavilion (made of sustain-ably sourced wood and bioplastic) based on cellular structure. After the show, the installation will move to Kew Gardens.


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