RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
All the above? Well, dig up your old bucket list and add this to the top.
Chelsea is home to the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show – a stunning collection of individually designed gardens that resides in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Chelsea Flower Show has been produced every year since 1913, except for some gaps during the two world wars. The Great Pavilion of the Royal Hospital is roughly 11,775 square meters, and holds thousands of plants organized into eclectic and thought-provoking exhibits designed to induce diverse thinking, zen-like vibes, and simply awe among its beholders.
When you enter into the Pavilion, you enter into a lush world of unique floral lands. Take a walk through the ‘Feel Good Gardens’ where five mini-habitats await to tantalize your five senses. Meander through the ‘Show Gardens’ where designers show off their most enchanting and grandiose planterpieces. Entice your mind with the unconventional ‘Fresh Gardens’, ridden with provocative designs that highlight social issues. Whatever your flora fancy, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is sure to plant it.
Feel Good Gardens
The BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens were launched by BBC and RHS to indulge the viewer’s five senses: taste, smell, sight, touch, and sound.
Drool your way through every gardener’s dream: the ‘Chris Evans Taste Garden’ designed by Jon Wheatley. Every plant featured was edible in some part, and Wheatley threw some fun in by planting the bright orange Dahlia Cheyenne, which was a tribute to Chris Evan’s hair! A display so mouth-watering, it was hard not to pick the plants and throw it on your plate.
Upon leaving the Taste Garden, the alluring smells of the ‘Joe Wiley Scent Garden’ lured you in. Many of these scents were inspired to bring you back to a particular memory, or transport you to a moment in time or a place that feels familiar. Scents like woodland walks, rain on warm pavement, fresh earth and new leaf growth, and freshly cut flowers greeted you at the entrance and bid you farewell at departure. This delightful garden was designed by Tamara Bridge and Kate Savill, with assistance from fragrance designer Jo Malone.
Immediately after leaving the Scent Garden, the ‘Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden’ caught your eye. This striking mélange of zingy colors was designed by Sarah Raven to tease your eyes. An isolated seating area in the back of the garden allows you to view the floral medley while hidden behind diaphanous planting. C’est la vie!
The Show Gardens were a collection of extravagant garden displays, each one surpassing the next.
This particular grouping of gardens was designed to provoke forward-thinking and bring attention to certain social issues.
The Artisan Gardens encapsulated viewers on mini-plots of land.
Inspired by Kyoto residence of Japanese emperors, the Gold Medal winner ‘Gosho No Niwa No Wall, No War’ garden was a sight to see. Bonsai trees and waterfalls flowing into a pool enveloped with moss and maple signified peace and communal gathering. Designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki.
If you missed out on this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, no need to fret, they repeat the show every year in May. You know where I’ll be…
Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, near Sloane Square and bordering Knightsbridge – London’s most ambitious shopping district- lies the luxury boutique hotel,
11 Cadogan Gardens.
This charming auberge was built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century, and quickly became a home for travelling Victorian aristocrats, politicians, and bon viveurs. It was originally comprised of four separate Victorian townhouses, which is why one may come across a labyrinth of foyers, stairwells and corridors, and also many lost hotel guests. 11 Cadogan Gardens was also once home to a private members club, so an air of exclusivity still remains.
The hotel holds residence to 56 guest rooms and suites, and has one of the most idiosyncratic interiors in the capital, often described as opulent, dramatic and decadent.
“If our walls could talk, we feel sure they would regale us with tantalizing tales and glamorous gossip from days gone by” – 11 Cadogan Gardens
Come back and enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room, complete with finger sandwiches, and freshly baked scones and pastries.
Delight in the avant-garde design of the bar, with a seductive color palate of gold and charcoal. Sip on one of their 23 Whisky selections, or enjoy a simple ‘G-n-T’ on the Terrace. The Terrace and Conservatory offers an outdoor sanctuary for those wanting to escape the London gloom, but still craving relaxation in some fresh air.
After you enjoy your cocktail and conversation outside, join us for dinner at the restaurant. Delight in the Angus Beef Carpaccio, drool over the seared filet of seabass paired with fresh, savoy cabbage and bacon, and lick your fingers after sharing the Tarte Tatin complimented with William Pears and crisp, vanilla bean ice cream.
Nurse your food hangover in the Library, equipped with an extensive collection of historic antique books, some dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. Spoil your intellect with works by Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
End your day by crawling into your sumptuous sheets and looking out your window at the dazzling city of Chelsea, London.
Hope to see you all in Chelsea next May!