In his regular garden design column for Bath Life, Nick focuses in this issue on the wealth of talent from our city that headed to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show….
Whilst the event is open to the public for just five days, the lead-up and afterlife of any show garden stretches far beyond this. This year saw 28 gardens contending for the much-coveted judges’ certificates. The show was definitely greener than ever, both in colour and attitude. Planting not only took on a more calming planting palette of greens, yellows and white, but it also seemed also to reflect the growing momentum to more sustainable living. Drought and pollution tolerant planting appeared throughout the gardens, with trees being often being favoured over the garden studio or outdoor living spaces. And what a range of trees this year; from a leaning pine on the Morgan Stanley Garden to a giant monkey puzzle tree in the Forestry Commission’s Resilience Garden. The message was undeniable; we must look after our woodlands and help them adapt to the growing threat of climate change.
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