Planting for a British summer, water and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

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In this second post on the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show I am looking at theĀ  environmental themes of the show. From composting to bee friendly plants there was a lot of useful information at Chelsea but the key issue in 2012 was clearly water.

In the RHS Environment area

In the RHS Environment area

Trainers as a water feature!

Trainers as a water feature!

There was a new area in the Great Pavilion this year dedicated to urban greening and environmentally sensitive gardening. Named ‘RHS Environment’ the interactive displays and staffed stalls were both a place for information and inspiration. I was entertained by old trainers being used as a water feature, picked up great tips on bee-friendly planting and learn’t about Phytophthora. Heard of it? Neither had I but the effects are devastating.

From drought, featured in the Herbet Smith – WaterAid garden, to drought resistant planting, water was 2012’s big issue. With soaring temperatures and dwindling reserves water was on everyone’s mind, especially the water companies who sponsored Nicolas Dexter’s ‘Climate Calm Garden’. Using an irrigation system, collecting and storing rain water and utilising heat tolerant ‘steppe planting’ this was future proofing design.

Pragmatic and practical but still stylish perhaps this is a garden we can aspire too. Just don’t forget the bees!

For more information on saving water in the garden look at http://yourwatermeter.co.uk/chelsea

Climate Calm Garden view

Climate Calm Garden view

Climate Calm Garden

Water irrigation & storage as a design solution in the Climate Calm Garden



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