The RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Day One

by Charlotte.Barnes on May 23, 2012

Chelsea close-upYesterday was the first public day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and Interflora was at the gates bright and early!

After dropping by our own RHS Chelsea exhibit ‘The Message’ and checking in with Interflora florists, David Ragg and David Denyer, we headed off into the show to see what amazing creations had been brought to life this year.


NAFAS exhibit

Inspired by Monet’s Garden at Giverny, this year’s National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies’ (NAFAS) exhibit was a stunning combination of light, colour and texture. Featuring woven rainbows of colour, illuminated glass ‘bubbles’ and delicate water lily flowers, this was a display that really made you stop and stare. Every angle of the exhibit offered a new perspective and the intricate floral detailing really bought Monet’s vision alive.

NAFAS exhibit photos

The Courtyard Garden

Courtyard Garden

Designed by Headley Court in conjunction with Gardening Leave, a charity which supports recovering service men and women, ‘The Courtyard Garden’ demonstrates the positive effects of horticultural therapy. The design of the garden incorporates a mixture of challenging physical exercises so as well as learning practical skills and re-building self-esteem, the garden’s split levels and walkways also help ex-service men and women to improve their fitness levels and overcome any mobility issues they may have.

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Hillier Garden Centre

Hillier exhibit

Taking a wander through the winding path of the Hillier Garden Centre’s ‘Duel and the Crown’ exhibit, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you had accidently walked off into the countryside. Tall trees filled your view and the strong sweet scent of flowers swirled around your head. The exhibit took three weeks to complete from start to finish and every tiny square inch of space has been filled with beautiful plants and flowers.

Hillier exhibit photos

Taiwan Orchid Growers Association

TOGA exhibit

This was the Taiwan Orchid Growers Association’s first visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and they certainly pulled out all the stops with this incredible dragon display. With the theme of ‘Universe in the Dragon’s Palm’, this exhibit incorporated a wonderful variety of shapes and colours in order to reflect the many ‘faces’ of Taiwanese culture. Phalaenopsis orchids formed the main part of the structure, covering the body of the dragon like scales and five rings were also included in the exhibit to represent the upcoming Olympic Games.

TOGA exhibit photo

This is just the first part of our RHS Chelsea Flower Show review so come back tomorrow for part two to see more amazing pictures of the gardens were on display.

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