Well what a memorable day I had yesterday at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It got off to an amazing start with a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the show ground, hosted by the Sentebale charity (set up in by Prince Harry in 2006) which does an incredible job supporting vulnerable and needy children in Lesotho in Southern Africa.
We were treated to a fascinating private tour of the B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden by the inspirational landscape & garden designer Jinny Blom – what a treat and didn’t we feel important as she led us past the roped barriers into her creation itself !
The garden is a contemporary depiction of the country’s mountains, their unusual round houses and the unique patterns of their national costume, the country’s beauty, culture, inaccessibility & fragility.
Jinny gave us a moving and humbling account of the background to her incredibly thought provoking garden – the purpose of which is to educate people about Lesotho’s ‘Forgotten Kingdom’ and highlight their extreme poverty & the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
There were so many great ideas:
A fabulously affordable way to jazz up your shed roof, bike shed roof, dustbin shed roof you name it, by turning them into gardens of their own. Have it designed for you or buy a DIY pack for an incredible £15 taking you through the process – umm perfect next birthday present for my hubby….
This contemporary alternative to the summer house rotates out of the wind, and its stainless steel roof reflects the heat so that you have all year round dining.
Some of the other things that caught my eye and made me smile:
An army of wheelbarrows
A monumental flower sculpture by Marc Quinn
A field of wire horses by Laura Antebi
Simply beautiful and delicious tomatoes and strawberries
And so the day went on a bit like me right now …endless photo opportunities and stunning things to see and remember – such an uplifting day, even in the May cold and rain.
When the time came to go home I even appreciated the traffic jam!
If, like me, you are now feeling inspired to make more of your garden, please come and join us for a fun and fabulous morning full of gardening tips! Read more
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