Show Gardens: What to expect at RHS Chelsea 2017

Credit: RHS/Luke MacGregor

What exciting designs can we look forward to seeing at this year's show?

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature designs by Members of the Society of Garden Designers in all four categories.

In the Show Gardens category, James Basson MSGD is creating The M&G Garden with a design inspired by the unique environment of Malta; while Lee Bestall MSGD is marking ‘500 Years of Covent Garden’ with a romantic, nostalgic flower-filled design. Andrew Wilson FSGD and Gavin McWilliam are returning to Main Avenue with their second show garden for Wellington College.

Pre-Registered SGD Member Darren Hawkes is also back with the Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s; and Tracy Foster MSGD will be bringing a beach with waves to the showground for her Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

Zoe Ball Listening Garden designed by James Alexander-Sinclair

In the Artisan category, Sarah Eberle MSGD is creating her second Viking Cruises Garden, inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudí. She is also designing the Hilliers exhibit in the Grand Pavilion for a second year, assisted by 2016’s RHS Young Designer of the Year, Caitlin McLaughlin.

Joining Eberle in the Artisan category is Pre-Registered SGD Member Fiona Cadwallader, who is creating The Poetry Lover’s Garden, inspired by Coleridge’s romantic poem This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison; and Pre-Registered SGD Member Dr Catherine McDonald with The Seedlip Garden.

BBC2 Jo Whiley Scent Garden created with Tamara Bridge

Four Pre-Registered SGD Members will be vying for medals in the Fresh category. Manoj Malde’s Beneath a Mexican Sky Garden was inspired by the bold use of colour in Luis Barragán’s work; while Ruth Willmott’s Through the Microscope Garden for Breast Cancer Now draws inspiration from the work of breast cancer researchers. This category also includes Jack Dunckley’s Bermuda Triangle Garden and Kate Gould’s City Living Garden, which will have lots of take-home ideas for city and apartment dwellers.

Kate Gould’s City Living Garden

The new Feel Good Category will feature five gardens in association with BBC Radio 2, with designs by James Alexander Sinclair MSGD and Matt Keightley MSGD as well as Tamara Bridge.

Matt Keightley's garden design for the Jeremy Vine Texture Garden

The event is now completely sold out, but will be broadcast as usual on BBC TV during the week of the show.

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