The Telegraph Garden – Andy Sturgeon Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

After the judges viewed the gardens on Monday the winners of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 were announced today. We take a look at some of the Gold Medal winners and best show gardens from this year’s show.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 – Best In Show: The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden by Andy Sturgeon Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

With a focus on foliage, the garden is an antidote to the more colourful parts of the show. “I am delighted to win the award,” said winner Andy Sturgeon. “There was a point where I wondered if we would get it finished at all! On about Tuesday or Wednesday of last week I wasn’t sure but it kind of emerged on Friday.

Best Fresh Garden: The Marble and Granite Centre – Antithesis of Sarcophagi, designed by Martin Cook and Gary Breeze

To represent a world turned inside out, Martin Cook and Gary Breeze created a garden set inside an enormous granite cube. This 44-tonne cube contains a woodland garden which can only be viewed through the cracks on the surface of this giant granite structure.

Best Artisan Garden: Viking Cruises Mekong Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle

Viking Cruises Mekong Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

Inspired by the floating gardens of Cambodia and the Mekong River, this garden consists of a deck and a floating lounger which has been crafter in the shape of a traditional fishing boat. With exotic colours combined with a mixture of fruit and vegetables, this garden aimed to mirror the traditional markets which inspired the overall design.

Best Construction Award: Swatton Landscape for the M&G Garden designed by Cleve West

Swatton Landscapes for the M&G Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

As a homage to the ancient woodland in Exmoor National Park, the designer of this garden aimed create a unique landscape with a running theme of oak to represent the sponsor’s values of strength, growth and longevity.

Show Garden Gold Medalists:

The Chelsea Barracks Garden, designed by Jo Thompson

Chelsea Barracks Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

The L’occitane Garden designed by James Basson

The L’occitane Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

The M&G Garden, designed by Cleve West

Swatton Landscapes for the M&G Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital, designed by Chris Beardshaw

Great Ormond Street Garden Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

The Telegraph Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon

The Telegraph Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living, designed by Paul Martin

Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living by Paul Martin Photo Credit: Sam Churchill

For more information on what’s been going on at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, click here.

Top Reasons To Visit The Flower Show

Though winter’s chill persists outside, the feel of springtime arrives in Philadelphia this month thanks to the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, March 5-13.

For 188 years, the Philadelphia Flower Show has captivated visitors from around the globe with stunning displays celebrating the tradition of horticulture, the beauty of plants and the art of gardening.

Flower Show Fast Facts

  • The 2016 Flower Show opens Saturday, March 5 and closes Sunday, March 13
  • Tickets at the box office are $34 for adults, $22 for students, $17 for children ages 2-16; Discounts available by purchasing tickets online or at area retailers
  • The 2016 Flower Show theme is “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service”
  • Flower Show exhibits and main events take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch streets
  • Highlights include soaring floral displays, a huge plant sale and pop-up beer gardens

This year marks not only the 188th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, but also 100 years of the National Park Service, the stewards of America’s national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, seashores, scenic rivers and trails, the White House and more.

The Flower Show’s impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations will all rally under this year’s theme — “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service” — which will honor the National Park Serice’s centennial and provide a rich supply of inspiration for horticultural creativity.

(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia) The world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Flower Show draws more than 260,000 people to Center City Philadelphia every year.

The world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Flower Show draws more than 260,000 people to Center City Philadelphia every year to take in spectacular floral displays of all shape and size and to take advantage of all the floral action in our fair city.

Beyond the garden displays, the Flower Show hosts a stage for a major juried competition in horticulture and floral arranging, as well as tons of gardening talks and demonstrations, special events, a sprawling indoor market and tons of food and drink options — beer garden, anyone?

Inspiring “Explore America” Theme

Tapping America’s more than 400 national parks sites as a kicking off point, designers from across the globe will create and display exhibits to fill the convention center’s 10 acres with floral arrangements, gardens and landscapes.

Huge Entrance Garden

A soaring entrance garden at the 2016 Flower Show welcomes visitors with a spectacle to “Big Timber Lodge,” a take on classic park architecture via an immersive display of art, flowers, waterfalls, dramatic imagery and the sounds of nature.

(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia) Look out for the Flower Show entrance garden, “Big Timber Lodge,” a take on classic national park architecture via an immersive multimedia floral display.

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden

Returning for 2016, the traveling summertime attraction, the PHS Pop-Up Garden, will pop up at the Philadelphia Flower Show. An awesome PHS program, the Pop-Up Garden initiative has transformed various pockets of underused land around Philadelphia to beautifully landscaped community spaces each summer for the past four years.

At the Flower Show, an indoor version of the come-one-come-all destination will be found at “Base Camp,” in the Convention Center’s main hall. A great location to take some respite from trekking through the show, the area will include a giant pop-up beer garden, as well as shopping, dining, live music and Fine Wine & Good Spirits tastings.

Enormous Flower Show Marketplace

Shopping is a huge component of the Flower Show and, in 2016, more than 180 vendors will set up shop on the convention center floor to peddle a dizzying array of garden furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, cut flowers, unique plants, garden tools, seeds and so much more.

(Courtesy PHS) The Flower Show Marketplace houses more than 180 vendors peddling flowers, jewelry, accessories and so much more right on the convention center main floor.

Not-To-Miss Special Events

With the annual show comes a slew of related programs, parties, exhibitions and specials, and this year is no exception.

Black Tie Preview Party

Before the show officially opens, join supporters of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a black-tie party on Friday, March 4. Come dressed to impress, and take advantage of this opportunity to experience the beautiful designs and displays of the Flower Show before it opens to the public.

Wedding Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 9, brides-to-be can get wedding advice from more than 50 local experts and sample champagne during Wedding Wednesday at the Flower Show. All guests receive a complimentary gift bag. Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the Flower Show.

Fido Friday

On Friday, March 11, explore the show with your pup. In partnership with PAWS, Fido Friday invites four-legged and two-legged friends to experience the show together, starting off with a 6 p.m. “Yappy Hour” at the show’s pop-up beer garden.

Flower Show Jamboree

On Sunday, March 13 the Flower Show Jamboree features family-friendly activities, placing kids at center stage – and we mean that quite literally. Opportunities to earn a “Junior Ranger Badge” will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony on the show’s stage near the entrance of the exhibit.

(Photo by M.Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia) Making plans to visit the 2016 Flower Show? Love a deal? Scoop up tickets online before Friday, March 4 and save.

How To Get Tickets

Scooping up tickets to the Flower Show is a cinch. Visitors can pre-order tickets online and print them out at home, buy at area retailers or purchase tickets at the Convention Center box office.

After March 4, tickets can be purchased online for $30 (adults), $20 (students) and $15 (children). Note that a service fee of $1 per ticket is applied to all online ticket purchases at checkout.

Tickets can also be purchased for the Flower Show at a number of sales outlets including AAA Mid-Atlantic branches, ACME Markets, Giant Food Stores, Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans Markets and SEPTA ticket outlets. Area retailers sell tickets for $28 (adults) and $15 (children).

For complete ticketing information and group package deals, check right here.

Make Plans To Stay Over

The Flower Show also makes an excellent excuse to stay overnight in one of Philadelphia’s fine hotels. Check here for Flower Show hotel packages, and check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

For additional information on getting there and parking information, check right here.

See you at the show!

Philadelphia Flower Show

When:March 5-13 Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost:Varies

For the designers working on their gardens for the Chelsea flower show, things just got real: at a press conference in London yesterday journalists got a flavour of what we’ll see come May.

This year there are 17 show gardens (seven of which are designed by women – up from two out of 15 last year); seven fresh gardens and six artisan gardens to salivate over, plus of course the array of wonders in the Great Pavilion. I’ve picked out just a few of my garden highlights to whet your appetite.

Cleve West’s M&G garden

With two Chelsea best in shows under his belt, designer Cleve West has to be one of the major contender for another victory with this show garden (pictured above) inspired by teenage wanderings through the landscape of Exmoor National Park, including its ancient oak woodland. I may be biased – I too spent a lot of time in Exmoor in my teens – but I cannot wait to see how West realises his vision.

Jekka McVicar’s Modern Apothecary garden

Illustration: Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

Herb guru Jekka McVicar is well known for her exquisite floral exhibits at Chelsea but this is her first foray into designing a show garden. A Modern Apothecary will showcase plants known by scientific research to be beneficial to our health and wellbeing. McVicar will no doubt relish the chance to make use of the larger space offered by a show garden, compared with the more compact environs of the Great Pavilion. The garden is sponsored by St John’s Hospice and will be relocated there after the show.

Juliet Sargeant’s The Modern Slavery Garden

Illustration: Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

The brief from a Chelsea show garden sponsor can vary from the featherweight – a finance firm wanting the designer to emphasise “strength” and “longevity”, say – to the heavyweight – there are gardens this year with messages about meningitis, the decline in chalk streams and engaging children and young people with music. But one of the most interesting designs – on paper at least – comes from Chelsea newbie Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden. Dark locked doors symbolise the estimated 13,000 slaves living in UK and more than 27 million people worldwide. Hope is represented in the form of an English oak. It’s a powerful message, but will it work on the ground? I am intrigued to find out.

Nick Bailey’s Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics garden

Illustration: Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

“The garden is a celebration of the beauty to be found in the mathematics and algorithms which underpin all plants, growth and life”. So goes the press release, but what really draws me into this design is the copper band (a very on-trend material …) that flows through the garden’s different levels before reaching a planter 3.5 above ground. Bailey’s planting palette is drawn from the southern hemisphere and Mediterranean, including one of my favourite architectural plants, Aloe polyphylla.

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The Children’s Home of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society presented a check for $2,500, proceeds from the Cincinnati Flower Show Gala, to the Children’s Home of Cincinnati for support of their nutrition programs and education for children and their families. The program includes helping children learn about vegetable gardening, food prep, kitchen etiquette and healthy food.

From the left: Doug Hart, Board Member of the CHS, Cynthia Muhlhauser, Vice Chair of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society Board, John Banchy, President & CEO, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. and Emily Fiegelist, a public health dietetic intern.

2016 Cincinnati Flower Show

Presented by Western & Southern Financial Group

The 2016 Cincinnati Flower Show bloomed again at Yeatman’s Cove April 14-17 with gorgeous gardens, fabulous florals and entertaining events. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society, the producer of the Show, expresses our gratitude to the thousands of people who enjoy and support this exceptional Cincinnati tradition.

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society is extremely grateful for the support and trust of our 2016 sponsors and Legacy Circle Contributors. The Cincinnati Flower Show would not be possible without their passion for the the city and benefits the Show offers to its residents and visitors.

It is the creativity, skill and tireless efforts of our Flower Show exhibitors that makes the Show so extraordinary. We sincerely appreciate their commitment to the Show and the community. And, a special thanks to our wonderful volunteers who give so generously of their own time to enhance the Flower Show experience for our visitors.

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2016 Legacy Circle Contributors

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society wishes to sincerely thank all those who contributed to the 2016 Cincinnati Flower Show Legacy Circle Campaign.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 is just around the corner, but tickets are selling out quicker than usual because of the ‘Kate Middleton effect’.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge would co-design her own garden with landscape architects Andrew Davies and Adam White. The RHS Back to Nature Garden, based in a woodland setting, aims to highlight the benefits of the great outdoors, encouraging families and communities to connect with nature.

News of Kate’s Chelsea debut led to an overnight doubling of ticket sales, with all 168,000 expected to completely sell out over the next few days.

‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show is set to sell out some two weeks ahead of when it sold out last year. When the Duchess’ involvement was announced, visits to the RHS Chelsea web pages increased by 100 per cent and there was a huge surge of people wanting tickets,’ a spokesperson for the RHS explained.

RHS have updated the notice on their website, informing visitors that tickets are now ‘extremely limited’. The notice reads: ‘Please be aware that this page does not update in real time. All ticket types are now extremely limited and you are advised to check availability before purchasing a Membership. We regret that Membership does not guarantee you a ticket. If the date you want to book for is showing as currently sold out please check back for cancellations.’

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RHS Back to Nature Garden RHS/Richard Carman RHS Back to Nature Garden RHS/Richard Carman

We’ve only seen design sketches of Kate’s garden but building is already underway on site at Royal Hospital Chelsea, with garden designers and landscapers working near enough round-the-clock to bring the designs to life. This year’s show kicks off on 20th May with a VIP/press day (this is when the Queen visits), and it officially opens to RHS members and the public from 21st May until 25th May.

At this year’s show, there will also be another exciting royal-affiliated garden created by the charity CAMFED — Campaign for Female Education – a charity backed by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which exists to tackle poverty and inequality.

Have you got your ticket yet? Book now to avoid disappointment.

1 Finally, we’re over cow parsley

The meadow planting that has been so prevalent in recent years has moved in two different and competing directions. In one clutch of show gardens, the naturalism (in Chelsea parlance, a borrowed or captured landscape) of all those frothy plants has morphed into another type of landscape: the dry garden. We’re talking scree, gravel, drought-resistant plants: this year, Hugo Bugg’s Royal Bank Of Canada garden and Andy Sturgeon’s Telegraph garden were the standouts. But elsewhere, the froth of the meadow had an injection of riotous colour and an exuberant “everything plus the kitchen sink” approach to planting. Ann-Marie Powell’s RHS Greening Grey Britain garden epitomised the trend, with its bright orange shipping container of an outdoor room, echoing the bright orange geums among purple alliums; see also Diarmuid Gavin’s riotous planting in his Harrods British Eccentrics garden.

2 Pines replace topiary

Dwarf mountain pines featured in Sam Ovens’ Cloudy Bay Garden. Photograph: Neil Hepworth/RHS

Tightly clipped topiary, in boxes, balls or hedges, was once everywhere at Chelsea, but not this year (apart from Gavin’s garden, where it was taken up to – and possibly beyond – the limit, with an avenue of conical clipped bay trees that twirl on the spot every few minutes). What took its place? Native trees, particularly pines, in a more relaxed style. My favourites were the dense, grey-green of the glaucous Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Glauca’) in Nick Bailey’s Winton’s Beauty Of Mathematics garden, and Sam Ovens’ looser, less controlled dwarf mountain pine (Pinus mugo) in the Cloudy Bay garden (right down to a broken branch on the ground; Ovens had to keep stopping people from tidying it away).

3 Small is beautiful

The Senri-Sentei garage garden designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The smallest gardens at Chelsea (the artisan gardens) are often the most desirable for the average punter. The garden I’d like to take home this year is the Senri-Sentei garage garden, created by Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara. It’s cute, compact and beautiful, with a haze of colourful Japanese acers festooning the rooftop garden that shelters a vintage Mini.

4 Lawns rule

The Chelsea Barracks garden, designed by Jo Thompson. Photograph: Neil Hepworth/RHS

To anyone unacquainted with the mores of Chelsea, the idea that a lawn might be controversial must seem very odd: after all, it’s a central feature of most British plots. But Jo Thompson’s Chelsea Barracks garden, billed as a rose garden reimagined for the 21st century, contains a sizable green sward rarely seen at the show these days.

5 Stone walls

James Basson’s L’’Occitane garden features drystone walls. Photograph: Neil Hepworth/RHS

If there’s a theme to the hard landscaping this year, it’s rough-hewn stone: it came in boulders and as drystone walls in Cleve West’s M&G garden; as gabion walls in Rosy Hardy’s Brewin Dolphin Forever Freefolk garden, and drystone walls in the Provence landscape of James Basson’s L’Occitane garden. As a trend, it’s an unusually accessible one. Get yourself on a drystone wall course this summer and you could have built your own by Christmas.

6 The medium is the message

The Modern Slavery garden designed by Juliet Sargeant. Photograph: Sarah Cuttle/RHS

Garden sponsorship makes for odd bedfellows: while some designers are bankrolled by investment funds, others are sponsored by charities with a serious message. Can a garden make people think a little harder about Ebola or meningitis? I don’t know, but with 165,000 visitors passing through the showground last week and millions more watching on TV around the world, you can see why they try. The Modern Slavery garden by Chelsea first-timer Juliet Sargeant is notable for its powerful message; at the centre of the garden is an English oak, symbolising the tree where William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery.

7 It’s a fair copper

A copper water bowl in Nick Bailey’s Beauty of Mathematics garden. Photograph: Guy Bell/Rex/

The interior decorating trend for coppery tones has been picked up in both planting and objects: see the wonderful copper water bowl by sculptor Giles Rayner in Nick Bailey’s garden, the orange isoplexis in Andy Sturgeon’s garden.

8 Lupin love

Blue lupin ( Lupinus pilosus) growing in its native Jordan. Photograph: Alamy

Every year, there are a few plants in the show gardens that everyone wants to grow immediately. For me, it was the gorgeous, navy-blue lupins (Lupinus pilosus) in Bugg’s garden. Not only are its blooms stunning, the plant is drought-tolerant and a nitrogen fixer.

9 Spotty Dotty

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’. Photograph: Alamy

Away from the glare and glamour of the show gardens, the pavilion is simply all about the plants. Of all the delights of its nursery exhibits, one plant calls out to me every year: Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, with mottled umbrella-like leaves and wine-red flowers. Perhaps it’s finally the year to give it a go.

10 Bins can be beautiful, too

Woven compost bins in Ann-Marie Powell’s garden. Photograph: Jane Perrone

Even composting has a place at Chelsea. If there was one thing I wanted to steal from this year’s show, it was Powell’s wonderful cylindrical woven willow compost bins made by Staffordshire basketmaker Eddie Glew. With these beauties, you wouldn’t want to hide your composting in a corner.

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