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What to expect at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017


...I expect to see a liberal use of pure greens and white, alongside deep bruised lilacs with apricots.

Paul Hervey-Brookes

The Chelsea Flower Show really is the pinnacle of the gardening year. We look forward to it throughout the dull winter months and then feel inspired by its trends for the coming seasons.  Be it colour, particular plants, hard landscaping materials or design styles, there is always something which captures the imagination of the masses. 

The trends seen in the Chelsea Flower Show gardens are still very much anchored around both the purely natural as most famously typified by Dan Pearson, and the more refined and angular style of Andy Sturgeon. There are a number of gardens which appear to have been inspired by these schools of thought so it will be interesting to see if both of these dynamic artists add a new layer to the design conversation.

Outside of the ‘inspired’, are the designers who stand apart from the mainstream styles. This year, I imagine Chris Beardshaw, known his modern, yet tranquil gardens, will do just that.

In the popular Floral Marquee the one to watch will be Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Hardy’s will be celebrating their 25th year of exhibiting at the show with the biggest display they have ever staged.

I myself, am particularly keen to see both Sarah Eberle’s Gaudi inspired garden for Viking River Cruises and Andy McIndoe’s horticulturally exuberant installation of 1000’s of flowers as part of the Raymond Blanc’s Jardin Blanc Village, not a garden as such, but certainly encapsulating a series of inspirational ideas for the home and garden.

Colour is clearly a huge part of the whole experience and this year I expect to see a liberal use of pure greens and white, alongside deep bruised lilacs with apricots. 

Undoubtedly, there will be some medals awarded that will be seen as controversial in the eye of the public and as always, the unexpected exhibit which end up stealing the show, but that’s the joy of the Chelsea Flower Show, and I for one love it!

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

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