The Royal Entomological Society Garden designed by Tom Massey.
Though I did not need puppets to make me look at this garden, it had already caught my eye. This is a garden designed for insects, with different habitats and interesting places for them to enjoy. It was also not a huge surprise that Tom Massey would be involved with a project like this, I recently reviewed his new book about sustainable garden design and it is clear that the enviroment is something he is knowledgeable and cares deeply about. The garden won a silver gilt medal, which is no small achievement, yet it looks like a gold to me.
Then I moved into the Floral Pavilion, always one of the highlights of the show for me.
Hardys Cottage Garden Plants, who do not have a stand this year but it was good to see them all the same.
I wandered over to the Plant of the Year area, where the RHS decide which of the entrants to this competition will be the winner.
|Photo c/o Graham Rice
This year the winner was Agapanthus 'Black Jack', which is not black but it is very dark and a fabulous colour nonetheless.
Then off I went into the wider show grounds. The bird bath of happiness that used by be my annual pilgrimage sadly was not there this year. I don't know if the exhibiter will return to Chelsea in years to come, I can only hope.
I nodded to the lost bear/dog at the station, I hope he found his way home safely.
I wandered home musing on the very good day I had. I love the show, I really do but Chelsea needs to think more about being relatable and accessible. What I used to love about Chelsea when I first used to visit was that you would see all sorts of people there, enjoying the day in the way that worked for us. This now seems a memory as the ticket prices continue to rise. It was always a 'not cheap' treat day, but add into it the costs of travel if you do not live in that London and it gets just out of reach.
That said, I can't wait for next year already..