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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 - the gardens I'm looking out for

After a year away, I'm visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 on Thursday and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the designers have created this year.

Green and white woodland planting with wooden garden building
The National Garden Scheme Garden by Tom Stuart Smith

Tom Stuart Smith is a Chelsea favourite, now with 9 Chelsea gold medals under his belt, with the beatifully understated garden. I look foward to seeing how this green and white focussed garden looks in real life.

Flint stone building and charred wood bench in woodland edge planting
Muscular Dystrophy UK Forest Bathing Garden by Ula Maria

This garden celebrates the ancient Japanese practice of Shrinrin-yoku, which is forest bathing to reconnect with nature through the senses. The planting in the garden focuses mainly of foliage textures and form with bursts of colour and is beatifully calming.

Colourful planting around a wildlife pond
Stroke Association Garden for Recovery by Miria Harris

I was really interested to see what Miria, another local Hackney based garden designer, would do with her first Chelsea garden, having followed her work closely. I really love the ethos of this garden, having been built sustainably using no cement and no plastic. The vibrancy of the planting looks fantastic and I really look forward to seeing the plants up close.

Slate path and wild planting based on Snowdonia quarry landscape
Terence Higgins Trust - Bridge to 2030 by Matthew Childs

I saw Matthew Childs talk about the concept behind this garden at Futurescape last year so I'm intrigued to see how it has turned out. Taking inspiration from the disused slate quarries of Wales, the birthplace of Terence Higgins, this garden celebrates the Bridge to 2030, the charitie's aim of no HIV cases by that date.

Garden designed by children with a tree house and pond
RHS No adults allowed Garden - Harry Holding

I loved Harry Holding's show garden last year which celebrated edimentals (edible and ornamental plants) and also saw him talk about this garden at Futurescape. A great concept, that the design has come directly from school children, although in y mind it's is slightly at odds with the Chelsea policy of no children allowed at the show.

I look forward to reporting back on the garden next week.


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