RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 starts 24 May. If you're making your way to the Royal Hospital Chelsea to see some of the action for yourself, below is our annual pick of the top 5 must see gardens at this year’s show...
God's Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire
Designed by: Designed by Matthew Wilson
Yorkshire's wealth of stunning scenery, iconic heritage, deep-rooted industries and skilled tradespeople are depicted in God's Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire. The garden features a 5m panel of stained glass made using the same methods employed in 1405 (inspired by York Minster Cathedral). A mix of old and new – state of the art technology used in conjunction with 600 years of living history from the York glaziers and stonemasons.
The LG Smart Garden
Designed by Hay Joung Hwang
Intelligent homes and technology incorporated harmoniously into the garden, and the balance between naturalism and artificialism – a metaphor for modern life – are explored in The LG Smart Garden. Representing the Scandinavian lifestyle garden; bright colour choices and minimalist design are juxtaposed with herbaceous plants & multi-stemmed trees that provide privacy from the house.
Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living
Designed by Paul Martin
Vestra Wealth's Garden of Mindful Living is a calm space in which to relax after a busy day's work, taking inspiration from yoga and the Far East. Corten steel walls and large sliding shutters open to reveal the sparkling city views at night. Large trees provide shade over soft greens and yellow primulas, next to soothing rills of water travelling through limestone, promoting the importance of calmness and relaxation in balancing busy lives.
The St John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary
Designed by Jekka McVicar
Inspired by the healing power of gardens and plants and their ability to improve our health, The St John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary garden features research-based plants known to be beneficial to the health and wellbeing. Lavender-lined paths and water features help to create a place of natural calm and stillness. Edible plants including chicory, salad burnet and sorrel are present, as well as red-leaved herbs, including Atriplex & Brassica that are strongly linked to oxidative stress protection.
Viking Cruises Mekong Garden
Designed by Sarah Eberle FSGD
The Viking Cruises Mekong Garden is inspired by the floating gardens in the silk-weaving regions of Cambodia and the Mekong River. Entirely water-based, the garden features a small deck leading to a floating lounger styled like a traditional fishing boat. A cantilevered parasol depicting traditional fishing nets provides shade over the floating beds that contain fruit and vegetables such as spinach, kale, aubergine and okra, and flowers from the region.
Enjoy the show!