It really is an experience to visit the Chelsea flower show. This cultural institution and spectacle truly holds an abundance of inspiration. Of course the gardens are contrived, just like they are at fairs. But, some still succeed in making them feel real and not taken out of a catalog. I like them the most. Gardens made for vitality, movement and people. The perfect show gardens are interesting as well although they often feel too perfect. Part of it is also the anticipation for this spectacle that has tv-crews around each corner recording to broadcast every evening at prime time. This garden was my favourite in 2015. Or at least this part of it.
It is fascinating and so wonderful to be in a country where the garden is dear to so many.
This garden received the people’s award for best show garden and also got silver in the big competition. It is called ‘Sentebale – Hope in vulnerability’ and is connected to a charity like many of the other gardens are. That or big companies. I fell in love with the irrepressibility and supposed wildness of it. And it also had this crazily gorgeous deep purple coloured lupin. I also saw it in other gardens and showcases. A big feeling of needing to have it was born in me and I will hunt it till I find some plants. The seeds do not seem to be sold anywhere.
Tickets are booked
I tend to go to CFS every other year. Last year I did not go but this year it is time to go again. The tickets are booked and as previous years we ( me and my husband, who is the best travel companion) will try, just like previous years, to visit other gardens as well. We rent a car and spend a few days traveling around in the English countryside. As I’m sure you can imagine, I can’t wait to go.
Regarding purchasing tickets
For those of you who are considering going for the first time you need to know that your tickets must be bought in advance. The tickets can get sold out very quickly so buy them early. This year the show is held between the 23rd – 26th of May. The Monday is open for Royalty and the press, Tuesday and Wednesday is open for the members of RHS and Thursday – Saturday is open for the public.
More information and tickets HERE