25-29 May 2010 · Royal Hospital, Chelsea Flower Show, London.
On the final count down to Chelsea Flower Show frenzied huddles of horticulturalists, lanscapers and designers can be found on site striving for perfection and kicking contingency plans when disasters prevent the smooth transition from computer generated design to real garden showcase.
Of all the show gardens this year, I am most looking forward to James Wong’s. ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ – BBC2 presenter and ethno-botanist James has been keeping a running blog on the RHS website of his plans for a tropical jungle. I wonder if there are medicinal plants incorporated into this garden?
After months of careful consideration and trekking through the Malaysian rainforest to film those elusive plants, common only in ancient illustrated explorer’s notebooks, James and team promise an exciting collection of large rainforest trees and rare plants. Strangler figs and enormous Cyathea ferns dominate the space but we are assured that there have been a few nominations for the RHS’s new Best New Plant Award.
The black boxes and path will be clad with local limestone, imitating Malaysian ivory limestone. The soft, mossy living walls create a lush feature and are set to focus in many gardens this year. The structure in the garden represents a traditional Malaysian area used as a meeting place, with a 21st Century twist.
Sound like an inspiring space. Whether you are planning to attend the show or watch the highlights with Alan on BBC2, enjoy it!