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Journal Entry: Tue May 26, 2015, 11:36 PM
The Chelsea Flower Show… the premier horticultural event of the year in the UK. I was lucky enough to be able to attend again this year. Apart from commercial stands and stalls, all the catering, military bands and other side attractions, the Show comprises two main arenas: the sponsored gardens and the Flower Pavilion. In this short feature, I show some of the sponsored gardens, so far as the milling crowds permitted reasonable shots. These gardens are designed and fabricated on site by national and international gardeners who obtain sponsorship from commercial and other sources. The hoi polloi like myself are not allowed to enter these constructions, but must gawp and gaze from a roped off perimeter. Consequently, such gardens, which can be of considerable size,  may not look their best from outside the fence. In my humble opinion, I thought some of them wouldn't look any better wherever I was standing, there being more than a touch of "the Emperor's New Clothes" about some of them. Nevertheless, others were well worth the visit.

A couple of technical points: I tried to find angles to minimise the number of people in view and to minimise any external structures such as the Pavilion and side stall; shots have been processed via Lightroom with a minimal treatment; the images are best view under magnification for details.

First, a shot of a trio of the famous Chelsea pensioners, resplendent in their scarlet coats and black hats. The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in which these former servicemen reside.

CFS 2015 Chelsea Pensioners by Okavanga

The next shot shows one rather colourful part of one garden, along with some of the throng at the outside rope! Some gardens were very formally laid out such as this Islamic garden with its decorative doorway, minimal plants and bushes, but beautifully arranged lounging area. Some had vibrant displays of flowers as seen in the next image - an area dominated by alliums. My fourth garden shot is of the one sponsored by our very own Prince Harry. It was called Sentebale - Hope in Vulnerability and is an idealistic view of a centre in Lesotho for the treatment and rehabilitation of children suffering from HIV. I am sure the intention is good, but the reality "on the ground" in Lesotho is unlikely to resemble this!

CFS 2015 Colourful Garden by Okavanga   CFS 2015 Islamic Garden by Okavanga

  CFS 2015 Allium and Path Garden by Okavanga  CFS 2015 Prince Harry Garden by Okavanga

The following shot is of the overall winner - a garden based on part of the grounds of the famous Chatsworth House in the Peak District of Derbyshire. Everything in this show garden was transported from Derbyshire, including the rocks, grasses, plants and so on, and built onto the triangle of ground that makes up the front area of the flower show arena. The concept and design was by the top gardener at Chatsworth, Dan Pearson, and the garden was sponsored by Laurent-Perrier. No doubt at all that this was a very impressive effort, but I could take you to places not half an hour from my house, even more impressive than this, open to anyone to wander around, and designed by Nature. So, to my mind, this top prize was won for the ability to recreate (at considerable expense) a piece of natural landscape far from its home.

 CFS 2015 The Winning Garden by Okavanga

Here is my choice for the top garden at the show - the Japanese Artisan Garden, illustrated in the following two shots. My wide angle lens was not sufficiently wide angle to capture both of these aspects in one frame, but the left hand shot, is a view into a Japanese room, through a circular window in which has been placed a bonsai tree, mirrored by another on the table in the background, with the window also rhythmically reflected in the wall design. The window is surrounded by moss covered cobbles, such being a common motif in Japanese gardens. To the right of this structure, as portrayed in the second shot, runs a rushing stream through acers and other typical Japanese plants, and past a Japanese shrine. The whole effect was one of peace and harmony, reflection and repose.

  CFS 2015 Japanese Artisan 1 by Okavanga  CFS 2015 Japanese Artisan 2 by Okavanga  

Finally, a piece of whimsy - there are dozens of vendors of garden furniture and garden ornaments at the Chelsea Flower Show - and this sculpture caught my rye - through the diaphragm of a lens perhaps!

CFS 2015 Whimsy by Okavanga

In Part 2, I shall show some of the blooms from inside the Flower Pavilion.

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