Chelsea Flower Show Centenary 2013 Part #001

by Culti-Vate


Hello Chelsea!

Oh I was excited about this year, and wasn’t it brilliant ! This will be the first of a few post about Chelsea, as there is just too much to cram into one. I have photographs from most of the areas of the show to share with you, show gardens, fresh gardens, the artisan gardens and images from inside the bustling floral pavilion. Also lots of close ups of some of the wonderful plants at this years show. There were the usual few that seemed to pop up everywhere, giving everyone an idea of which plants to grow in 2013.

Chelsea never disappoints, it is always a lovely way to spend a day in May, a little hectic maybe with the throngs of people pushing to get a view of the gardens, but very enjoyable nonetheless. It’s hard to decide what to do first when you walk through the entrance as everywhere is busy, so I tend to just wander about. If you plan too much on where you want to go and what you want to see you are always bound to miss something!

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I headed into the floral pavilion first to look at the specialist nurseries, chat to some growers & eye up everyone’s medals. Inside the floral pavilion were hung wonderful old photos of the show over the past ten decades. The photos covered  every side of the pavilion adding to the atmosphere inside.

Warmenhoven won best floral exhibit this year and I had been informed it was a little different to what they normally do, so that is where I headed first! It was a spectacular display of hundreds of hanging amaryllis, suspended above the heads of amazed show goers.

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Once in the pavilion it’s hard to leave, there were so many beautiful displays. Below are a few that caught my eye, either for their design or their stunning plants.

Kelways are one of the few exhibitors who have been exhibiting since the first Chelsea flower show. Their stand was exploding with colourful peonies delphiniums and irises.


Bowden Hostas – they had that beautiful ‘White Feather’ Hosta again!

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Blackmore & Langdon, like Kelways, have been exhibiting since 1913. At this years centenary show they won the President’s award for their display of begonias and delphiniums.

Oaktree Nursery had some wonderful species of grasses on display, including the centenary arrangement shown below. I had the pleasure of meeting Oaktree nurseryman Cliff Plowes at Malvern Spring show, who has kindly offered to contribute to Culti-Vate later in the year. So it was good to catch up with him again and see his display at Chelsea this year.

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Westcountry Nurseries had a vibrant tiered display of Lupins.

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Pheasant Acre Plants and their display of Gladioli.

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J.S.Pennings ‘De Bilt’ Hyacinths & the extravagant Thailand exhibit


These Dahlias are from the National Dahlia Collection.

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David Austin Roses were filling the pavilion with delicate floral scents as usual

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Gardening past & present


Downderry Nursery lavender, their display was truly beautiful with its swaths of colourful lavender.


Jacques Amand International was one of my favourite floral pavilion displays, its planting was wonderful – with a lot of attention to detail and perfectly placed plants, made this one of the most natural and visually appealing displays. There were so many varieties in this display I could have wandered around for an age picking out a new favourite with every step! Below are four I fell in love with.

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Every Picture with their display of bromeliads & tropical plants. Such an exotic stand, I loved the height the tree branches gave this stand, with the hanging air plants tumbling down, it really transported you to the tropics.

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Bowden Ferns, the large ferns gave great silhouette against the backdrop of the pavilion.

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Birmingham City Councils stand was full of vibrant orange marigolds, very mexican look for the west midlands display!

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More from Chelsea tomorrow with a follow up post dedicated to all of the spectacular gardens at this years chelsea & with a little extra!

If you are going to Chelsea later this week have a great time!