Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chelsea Flower Show!

The highlight of the UK vacation for me so far (excepting quality time with The Husband and The Child, of course) has been going to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with my sister-in-law.  This show highlights the best of English gardening, and is held at this same time every year.  The past couple of years we've been here when the show is on, but tickets sell out early so I haven't been able to go.  This year I had my act at least a little bit together, so my sister-in-law was able to get us tickets. 

I LOVED the show.  Lovely flowers, lovely "show" gardens, and great vendors.  Here's a bit of what we saw...

Some well-tended boxwoods
in one of the gold-medal winning gardens

One of the smaller gardens.
I love the layering of flowers.

I LOVED this water feature.
Three small springs bubbling up through the hard path...

And rolling into a lovely swimming pool.
Perfectly sized for Cardi swimming, no?

This was one of my favorite gardens.
The colors were gorgeous, the water serene...

This booth smelled GORGEOUS!!
I never knew there were so many colors of hyacinth.

And I found some stuff I wanted to buy. 
Thankfully none of them would fit in my carry-on.

A thatch-roofed hut for the garden.

Giant, stone Irish Wolfhounds to flank the drive.
Ok, I need a bigger house/property to pull this one off.

Lovely, bronze dog garden sculptures.

When I win the lottery, I'm getting one of these
custom-made rocking horses.  
They'll even do one to match your horse's coloring.  
I LOVE them.... 


  1. Fun! I love garden shows.

    I see your travel karma has set off another Iceland volcano.

  2. Beautiful gardens -- I would have been looking for a bookseller to give me a "Gardens of England" tome to bring (send) home.

  3. Oh beautiful. Wish I was there. And I'll bet that you're glad that you're there instead of home in the midwest!


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