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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014- 05.20.14

chelsmain.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw!

This year we were back at the Chelsea Flower Show, which brings together stunning displays of uniformity and diversity through selective breeding, as well as showcasing some incredible design. On a hot, sunny May morning, many plants were flowering early and the displays and show gardens looked incredible. More show highlights including a barbecue-lover’s dream garden, Chelsea pensioner sheep and more on the next page.

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A display of strawberry varieties from Ken Muir. They smelled incredible!

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Plants and lighting combine with this display of Bocci 38 chandeliers.

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An interesting display from Music of the Plants involving plants and electricity to produce music.

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Thousands of bulbs suspended from the ceiling of the Great Pavilion in this installation by Rebecca Louise Law.

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“Succession” from Interflora showcasing up and coming new talents. Love the mirrors that let us take a look inside the arrangements.

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Lovely pitchers on show at this stand from Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.

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Beautiful examples of botanical diversity on show in the Great Pavilion’s plant stands including waterlilies, irises, chard, cacti, lavender, orchids lilies, lupins and many more!

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The trenches in a garden from Birmingham City Council commemorating those involved in the First World War from 1914 to 1918.

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Togenkyo - A Paradise on Earth, an artisan garden from Kazuyuki Ishihara, winner of the artisan garden category. Great use of mosses.

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There were lots of beautiful greenhouses, including these from Alitex.

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Spade stools from Sneeboer.

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Beauty sleeping, a display from the Woodland Trust capturing the beauty of ancient woodland and focusing on restoration work. The outside shows new trees and the stumps of felled trees.

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But inside, the sights, sounds and smells of an ancient woodland, including plants, animals and fungi of the forest.

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The Topiarist’s Garden from Marylyn Abbott.

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Arcs of water over the Positively Stoke-on-Trent show garden.

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One of my favorite gardens of the show was this fun space from the Big Green Egg. The barbecue smelled incredible and entire space is constructed from two shipping containers.

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The downstairs area was transformed into a shady dining room space.

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Loved this winding wooden table.

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Heading upstairs to the upper container..

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Upstairs was a barbecue station, kitchen island and lounge (especially gorgeous in the sunshine).

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A further upstairs kitchen area.

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The Minds Eye garden which won the Best Fresh Garden award.

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The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Matthew Childs.

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We also loved these woollen Chelsea pensioner sheep from Twool, who make twine from the wool of their Whitefaced Dartmoor sheep.

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