Chelsea 2018

Posted by on February 1, 2018

Are you going to Chelsea this year?  See what is installed for you …

A first look at all the Show Gardens featuring in the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

10 Show Gardens will fill the Main Avenue this year.


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 is just months away, and this year, the world’s most prestigious gardening event will showcase the importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today.

Sponsored by M&G Investments, garden designs will demonstrate the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing, and how it can help tackle major environmental issues.

To recap, there will be four garden categories at this year’s show:

1. Show gardens: The latest innovative designs and must-have plants, crafted with skill by highly-talented designers and their teams

2. Artisan gardens: Gardens that demonstrate traditional designs, materials and craft skills revitalised by contemporary approaches

3. Feature gardens: Special show feature gardens which are not usually part of the judging process

4. Space to grow: A new category at Chelsea this year that will feature smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors

For now, get a first-look at all of the 10 Show Gardens that will be on display at Chelsea this year.

1 The M&G Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - show gardens

Sponsor: M&G Investments

Designer: Sarah Price

Contractor: Crocus

Set in a warm, sunny climate, this garden has been described as a ‘romanticised haven’. It develops a simple, timeless idea that three core elements – a wall, trees and seating – can create an intimate, sheltered and beautiful oasis of calm.

The garden celebrates the expressive and sensual language of contrasts: colour and texture, light and shadow.

2 The Lemon Tree Trust Garden

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden - Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Sponsor: The Lemon Tree Trust

Designer: Tom Massey

Contractor: Landscape Associates

Inspired by the resiliency and determination of people in situations of forced migration and displacement, this garden will provide a sense of normalcy, wellbeing, peace and civility to broken lives.

Its design simulates a garden that would be used by families in a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp in northern Iraq, providing a way to bring order to a chaotic situation.

3 Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - show gardens

Sponsor: Trailfinders Ltd.

Designer: Jonathan Snow

Contractor: Stewart Landscape Construction

This garden is inspired by the Winelands of the Western Cape of South Africa (especially the areas of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch), which are regarded as some of the most instantly recognisable and strikingly beautiful wine producing regions in the world.

Designer Jonathan Snow aims to bring a snapshot of a traditional South African wine estate, sitting in the fynbos landscape – a fire-adapted vegetation that requires regular burning in order to survive – to Chelsea.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - show gardens

Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire

Designer: Mark Gregory

Contractor: Landform

This garden is inspired by the iconic Dales, a picturesque part of Yorkshire that epitomises the essence of the county.

The Dales are world famous for artisan Wensleydale cheeses, quintessential buttercup meadows and rich surrounding flora, and this garden is intended to inspire the public to visit this iconic county and experience the culture, calm and serene beauty of the area.

5 The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - show gardens

Sponsor: Morgan Stanley

Designer: Chris Beardshaw

Contractor: Structure Group

Morgan Stanley returns for their fourth year with Chris Beardshaw, and this years’ design aims to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC.

The design is intended to act as a metaphor for the emotional transformation that takes place in a child as they experience the positive impact of the NSPCC’s work, in their fight for every childhood.

6 VTB Capital Garden: Spirit of Cornwall

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Sponsor: N/A

Designer: Stuart Charles Towner

Contractor: RDC Landscapes Ltd.

This is a unique creative collaboration consisting of a garden designer, architects, musicians, a composer and a sculptor; all of whom have been commissioned by VTB Capital.

It’s a multi-sensory experience inspired by the work of renowned British sculptor Barbara Hepworth and music composed by Leo Geyer. It will feature a palette of subtropical and temperate plants, illustrating the unique microclimates found throughout Cornwall.

7 The David Harber and Savills Garden

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Sponsor: Savills & David Harber Ltd.

Designer: Nic Howard

Contractor: Langdale Landscapes

A theatrical journey of transformation, this garden has been designed to provoke reflection on humankind’s interaction with their environment over time.

Visitors will see a garden defined in layers, with planting and sculptures separating to reflect each evolving period. In the beginning, the planting and art is freeform and naturalistic, but as humankind evolves the subsequent layers become more formal and controlled.

8 LG Eco-City Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - show gardens

Sponsor: LG Electronics

Designer: Hay Hwang

Contractor: Randle Siddeley Limited

This garden harmonises the increased presence and dependency on technology in our daily lives, presenting an increasing awareness of the environmental issues and responsibilities we face in reducing pollution in modern urban lifestyles.

Additionally, an outside kitchen reinforces the importance of the indoor / outdoor living concept.

9 The Wedgwood Garden

The Wedgwood Garden - Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Sponsor: Wedgwood

Designer: Jo Thompson

Contractor: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces

The Wedgwood Garden is a modern interpretation of the leisurely spaces found towards the late 18th century, which consisted of secret gardens and tea gardens to socialise, enjoy nature and drink tea.

Seeking to reflect the typically British thirst for exploration, this garden will inspire, surprise and delight by providing a contemplative space that encourages a pause in everyday life for appreciation of the wonders and beauty of nature and natural forms.

10 Wuhan Water Garden

Wuhan Water Garden - Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Sponsor: Creativersal

Designer: Laurie Chetwood & Patrick Collins

This garden aims to tell a compelling story about ancient water management with a contemporary environmental message. It depicts the unique geography, history, plant resources and technical achievements of Wuhan – China’s City of 100 Lakes.

While the general layout is based around the lotus flower, the garden is inspired by Wuhan’s 4,000 year old ‘Great Yu’ legend about not fighting nature by using inflexible dams to manage flooding and drought, but rather adopting a more flexible approach to guide the forces of nature to do good instead.

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