This has been a fantastic start to Chelsea week by Interflora as we won a Gold Medal! Well done to David Ragg and David Denyer, who designed and executed the most exquisite display on the theme of progression.
It was a reminder that the one thing that always stands out when you visit Chelsea is the perfection of the exhibits, not one creased petal, not one blade of grass pointing in the wrong direction, and that was the level that the two Davids achieved with their work, a gold medal well deserved.
And there were more medal winners in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition, with a Gold medal going to Clare Allen from Skipps Florist in Biggleswade for her beautifully designed floral parasol of purple Phalaenopsis orchids and grasses delicately woven onto a wire frame work.
The workmanship was extremely tidy and with incredible attention to detail, right down to the construction of the handle, every part of the design had been thought through.
Altogether five of the Interflora florist competing won medals, congratulations to Catherine Date from Trugs in Exeter and Tracey Griffin from Sandra’s in Southampton for winning Silver Gilt.
And also to Neil Whittaker, the Design Element, Irlam and Sarah Horne, Sarah Horne Flowers in Leamington Spa for picking up a Bronze medal each.
The parasols will be on display until Wednesday (and it was nice to see them featured on the BBC lunchtime show on Tuesday). But the competition is not over yet, on Thursday the RHS Young Florist of the Year will be taking place, and out of the 13 competitors, six are Interflora members.
The awards are handed out first thing on Tuesday at Chelsea, and were being received with great trepidation by designers and plants people alike. The title of ‘Best in Show’ deservedly went to the Daily Telegraph Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon.
The inspiration for which came from a holiday that he had in Italy, and it certainly has that air of lazy summer afternoons and hot evenings about it with gravel paths leading though planted beds of strong purples, lime and terracotta, to a very welcoming seating area and water feature – the fact that it was judged on what felt like the hottest day of the year so far made it look even more like a small part of Tuscany transported to London!
Another impressive garden was the Laurent-Perrier garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, who could almost be described as a veteran of Chelsea with seven gold medals and three Best in Show to his credit.
This garden was an absolute classic, a vision of romance and elegance with a centrepiece bronze pavilion overlooking an elongated pool of water, edged on one side by a hedge of what is described as ‘cloud pruned box’ or as Alan Titchmarsh said more prosaically, ‘dumplings’
Out of the 15 show gardens, seven won gold, including the Leeds City Council HESCO Garden, whose central feature was an extremely realistic full size lock gate, complete with the effect of leaking water gushing out of the side, quite an odd sight in the middle of a flower show!
Tomorrow – a look at the Courtyard and Urban gardens, plus a peak into the Great Pavilion.
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