With this years Chelsea flower show just around the corner, it is set to be as exciting as ever. Packed with inspiring ideas, it is hard to resist digging in and having a go yourself. At Wilko we have everything you need to create your very own garden paradise, whatever your style, budget or level of expertise.
What to expect from this years show
The prestigious show has been held in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two world wars. This year’s themes include something for everyone; contemporary, artisan, urban, conceptual, woodland, children’s and romantic.
War and Peace
Key themes this year include a tribute to the centenary of the first World War, commemorating the outbreak of the war and life on the front line. The Pavilion exhibition sees Birmingham City Council, The Royal British Legion and the charity Thrive joining forces to create a stunning display featuring war time memorabilia, giant poppies and a reconstruction of the trenches.
As a tribute to the Tour de France’s Grand Depart 2014, Alistair W Baldwin’s Le Tour de Yorkshire is a tribute to the beautiful rural and urban landscapes the race will pass through later this year. The stunning garden will include a wall made from recycled bike wheels sourced from recycling centres across Yorkshire.
Britain in Bloom
There will also be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom with a fitting tribute designed by Alan Titchmarsh collaboratively with Kate Gould. It is almost 30 years since Alan last designed a garden for the show when he was awarded a gold medal in 1985 for his country kitchen garden.
Kate and Alan’s impressive display will be called From the Moors to the Sea, celebrating the impact of Britain in Bloom over the past 50 years.
DID YOU KNOW
After 50 years there are around 300,000 bloom volunteers who look after 200,000 acres of public land. Their dedication has saved the UK millions of pounds by cleaning up and creating greener areas in the communities which we live.
Young talent takes centre stage at the show with many gardens being designed by new up and coming talent. Featured this year are:
- Embrace the Rain by 26 year old Hugo Bugg, a contemporary garden filled with angular lines and modern materials designed to inspire and encourage a sense of responsibility towards water usage .
- A naturalistic, constellation inspired garden designed by brothers Harry and David Rich who have created a calm, naturalistic environment where children can learn about land and space.
- Hope on the Horizon by Matt Keightley is designed for servicemen’s charity, Help for hero’s, inspired by his brothers tours of Afghanistan
- An inspirational herb garden inspired by Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.
The Chelsea show is a fabulous celebration of horticulture , inspiring us all to make the most of our outdoor space regardless of size, shape, style or budget. If you fancy having a dabble in the garden this weekend or setting up a garden makeover mission, we have everything that you need in store and at Wilko.com from garden furniture to compost to help you on your way.