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The Build Up to The Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Build Up to The Chelsea Flower Show 2015


It is one week today until the gates will open for the first member's day of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. In the build up to the show each day we look at the show gardens and gardening fashion items that wowed visitors last year.

We start with two of my personal favourite large show garden of last year, the Help for Heroes charity 'Hope on the Horizon' garden. Although only winning Silver-Gilt, the garden designed by first time Chelsea designer Matt Keightley was voted as the People's Choice Show Garden.


The designer's brother was fighting in Afghanistan and he was only too aware of the sacrifice and heartache that this could bring to military families. The garden was designed to represent the journey of recovery for injured and sick servicemen and women. The garden starts with a rough, unfinished area and is finished with a beautiful structured and planted area at the end of the journey. The hard, grey granite blocks represented the soldiers' physical wellbeing, while the woodland planting beneath the tall hornbeam trees represented their psychological wellbeing.


The dark granite blocks were softened by beautiful subtle coloured planting of green, purple, pink and white plants. Tall architectural foxgloves (Digitalis) add height and accent to the garden while the underplanting is magnificently textured. This garden definitely deserved the People's Choice Award and I look forward to seeing his garden this year...Sentebale-Hope in Vulnerability.

Look out for another show garden tomorrow or perhaps join us on our 2016 Chelsea Flower Show Homestay Tour.

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