Today Coulson Macleod loves RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which we visited yesterday.
We fell for the little artisan gardens (far more than the grander show gardens). Of these it was hard to choose a favourite. Togenkyo (below) featured a water wheel, tea house, & knobbly moss patches. Inspired by a Japanese fable, Togenkyo is apparently a place of such beauty that you instantly forget your troubles. But you can never go back. We wanted to stay forever.
Very different, but also utterly gorgeous was The Topiarist’s Garden (below). If this little brick building was hiding at the bottom of our garden we’d be very happy indeed.
The Topiarist’s Garden
In the Great Pavilion there was, quite frankly, too many flowers. Seeing an over abundance of, say, bougainvillea or rhododendron blooming in the wild can make you stop in your tracks. But on a stand in a tent they sort of lost their appeal. Weirdly, we found the cacti more interesting. It was like looking at coral.
We did love the fact you can travel round the world in a tent. From South Africa to Grenada.
There was plenty of shopping opportunities. Well if your budget or taste extended to £10,000 garden sculptures or ostentatious garden rooms complete with a shiny bar & room for giant tv screens or £5,000 seashell-covered dinosaur heads.
We only picked up three cards of things that we would actually buy. The 1st were these gorgeous weathered-looking pots (below) from Distinctive Garden. Each one is handmade by skilled artisans making them all unique.
The 2nd was POSH Salvage. Their rattan baskets caught our eye, which are made by local communities living in the rainforest in Borneo. They are not made in a standardised factory production system so the wonderful natual colour variations are preserved & they are super strong & made to last. Plus all of their furniture is made from wood salvaged in Indonesia.
And the 3rd was Kadai Firebowls. Original Kadais are up to a 100 years old each having their own unique individual character from years of previous use.
All-in-all a very civilised way to spend a day. There’s more Pimms & Champagne tents than tea tents, which says a lot. You don’t have to be an avid gardener or horticulturalist to enjoy Chelsea. If you simply love colour or flowers or design or gardens or Pimms you’ll have a great day out.