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Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends from Extremely Close to Exceedingly Distant – Part 1

The Chelsea Flower Show in London represents the pinnacle of garden design and is, without question, an annual opportunity to check in with many of industry’s leaders to see what they are thinking about and how they choose to represent their artistry and influence in the world. My personal experience of Chelsea was life changing (it is the reason I am in this industry at all) and taking time out annually to studying every piece of it from every angle brings me not only personal joy and satisfaction, but it is also an opportunity to reconnect with myself and remember why I have chosen my career path.

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The plants, the ideas, the personal stories, the triumphs and the failures fill hours of British television and countless pages of magazines and newspapers across the world.  I’m interested in it all but to start, I like to focus on trends and ideas that I see emerging.  I’ve been pouring through the images of the gardens and exhibits (mostly on the RHS website) from my desk outside of Boston and taking in the perspective that is to be had when you are looking through someone elses lens.  Gillian Carson of My Tiny Plot made the trip to England this year and in part 2 of this little series, she is sharing her thoughts from press day and being on the grounds. Part 3, will go extremely close with Carrie Preston (of Studio Toop) who helped to build one of the show gardens and saw the event from an entirely different angle.   

Have you been following show coverage?  What trends do you see?  Feel free to leave comments!

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Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – A Spectators View – Part 2

by Gillian Carson

Editor Note:  Gillian Carson of My Tiny Plot took in Chelsea as a spectator on press day as well as on public days. Her perspective comes as a British garden writer and blogger as well gardener (in the USA) who has made many Chelsea trips in the past and has seen many styles and trends come and go.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2015 by Gillian Carson for www.pithandvigor.com

Dan Pearson’s Chatsworth garden (Best in Show winner) wasn’t the only garden with a passion for naturalism and wilder side of gardening.  A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by designer James Basson transports viewers to the Mediterranean with scented flowers and aromatic plants used in an almost wild cottage-like garden. The Old Forge garden by Jodie Fedora and Martin Anderson features an abandoned forge that is being taken over by native wildflowers and Dandelions.

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Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – Extremely Close – Part 3

Chelsea Flower Show: Views & Trends – Extremely Close – Part 3

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