Many exhibitors, because of the dry spring, have had to make changes to their planned displays at the Chelsea flower show, but still believe the extravaganza will be bright, colourful and as brilliant as ever. Last year it was late season frosts but this year weeks of dry weather have many shaking their heads trying to put together the 15 small gardens, 17 show gardens and over 600 other exhibits.
B&Q Garden has had to make changes to their original designs with less selection of roses and fewer bulbs since they came early due to the warmer than usual weather. They have an eight meter high wall of different window boxes promoting urban food production and vertical farming.
Others have had to replace salvias and irises because they flowered too quickly and early. The 11 acre show was due to be toured by Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals on Monday afternoon along with celebrities on the Royal Chelsea Hospital grounds. The public is invited to attend starting on Tuesday for five days and it is already a sellout with the entire 157,000 tickets sold weeks ago.
A few of the highlights to look for include a garden inspired by Avatar that takes people 25 metres into the air via a crane. Diarmuid Gavin the designer is hoping that the Irish sky garden will garner a lot of attention and prove his country has imagination. Water power and its importance are showcased by the Leeds City Council garden. There is a working water wheel that promotes the industrial past and importance water has been to Leeds as well as other places.