Marking the first event in London’s formal summer season, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous flower show in the world. Staged at the Royal Hospital in London (May 22-26), it is a key place for inspiration and spotting developments in the world of outdoor design.
This year’s show was abuzz with Royal Jubilee fever and British pride. Floral corgis (as well as real ones) were spotted at the St Helier Jersey garden, while Irish garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin’s Westland Magical Tower Garden featured an impromptu gathering of Chelsea Pensioners. Planting and landscaping saw a return to formality, with structured use of hedges and trees mixed with vintage wildflower meadows and perennial planting.