In my previous post, I shared some of my experiences at the 100th Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. I have had the privilege to attend three of these events in the past, but this was by far the most historic—so I thought I would tell you a little more about it!

There were many gardens and displays featuring herbs. Here were just a few of my favorite Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

Artisan Garden Get Well Soon
The Get Well Soon garden had a tranquil feeling.

One of the featured Artisan Gardens was the Get Well Soon garden, sponsored by National Botanic Garden of Wales. This garden had a comforting feel and won a Silver-Gilt Flora Medal. According to the website, the “Get Well Soon [garden] illustrates the many ways in which a garden and its plants can improve your health through ancient, traditional, modern and alternative forms of medicine. The design captures the uplifting feeling that visiting a beautiful garden can bring, while demonstrating the health benefits of creating your own garden.” On the days that I’m having a bad day I go into my garden and it immediately lifts my mood.

Hooksgreen Herbs  
The Hooksgreen Herbs display looks like a traditional herb garden.

Inside the Great Pavilion all matter of herbs rose to the occasion and were used in some beautiful displays. Here is the display from Hooksgreen Herbs, located in Stone, Staffordshire. This company also won a Silver-Gilt Flora Medal. In this display you can see fully matured herbs in a natural setting, and it gives the gardener many different design ideas. As I always say, you don’t have to have a large herb garden to be successful. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. When that happens try smaller vignettes, ("Designing your Garden with Herb Vignettes").

Lemon Verbena
I wish I could have taken this lemon verbena from Hooksgreen Herbs home with me!

Hooksgreen Herbs was selling herbs at the show, including my favorite—lemon verbena. Too bad I couldn’t take it home in my suitcase!

Mad Hatter Tea Party
This garden, based on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, was packed with all sorts of tea plant.

Another one of my favorite displays came from Sparsholt College in Hampshire. This display, named Teavolution: The Evolution of Infusions, also won the Silver-Gilt Flora Medal and was part of the RHS Environment Exhibit in the Great Pavilion, which focused on reducing the environmental impact and increasing well-being by growing your own teas.

5/28/2014 3:30:32 AM

This is a must visit show.

5/20/2014 6:38:53 AM

The new techniques have been being used in decoration now a days. There was something like I came across a few days ago. This was having a lot of fun while being put on the wall. I guess if the same tech is implemented in gardening it can be made awesome.

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